A pilot who helped save 184 people during a 1989 plane crash in Sioux City has died at the age of 69. Dennis Fitch died Monday after a battle with brain cancer.
On July, 19th, 1989, Fitch was a United airlines pilot and flight instructor who happened to be a passenger on United Flight 232 when it lost all hydraulic power while flying from Denver to Chicago.
The DC-10 crash-landed, killing 111 people. Fitch and 184 others survived, due largely to his troubleshooting from the cockpit floor, where he assisted the airliner's pilot, Captain Al Haynes, where he and the crew struggled to control the plunging jet.
United pilot Mike Hamilton says what happened that day has become "a case study in how a crew could work together in an emergency."