Crash Landing Pilot Alfred Haynes Biography wiki, age, cause of death, awards, and more facts

Pilot Alfred Haynes Biography

Pilot Alfred Haynes  was an American commercial pilot. Pilot Alfred Haynes flew for United Airlines and was highly regarded for his handling of the Flight 232 crash in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989. He subsequently became a public speaker on aviation safety.

Pilot Alfred Haynes, a pilot who led a United Airlines crew through an extraordinary display of improvised emergency flying that guided a crippled jet to a crash landing in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989, saving more than 180 of the 296 people on board, died on Aug. 25 in Tacoma, Wash. He was 87.

Pilot Alfred Haynes Age

Pilot Alfred Haynes was 87 Years Old. (August 31, 1931 – August 25, 2019)

His son Dan posted news of his death on Facebook

Pilot Alfred Haynes was flight captain

Pilot Alfred Haynes was captain of United Flight 232 on July 19 when, a little more than an hour into its flight from Chicago to Denver, one of its three engines — the one mounted in the tail — exploded. What happened next has become part of aviation lore, an example of calm and quick thinking under the most extreme pressure.

Pilot Alfred Haynes was piloting a DC-10, which would normally have been able to fly with only its two wing-mounted engines running. But Mr. Haynes; his first officer, William R. Records; and his second officer, Dudley J. Dvorak, quickly realized that they had almost no control over the aircraft. Debris from the explosion had severed the hydraulic lines that enabled the crew to steer the aircraft and control its speed. The plane was in danger of turning upside down.


Pilot Alfred Haynes Early life

According to AVWeb, Pilot Alfred Haynes was born in Paris, Texas, on August 31, 1931. He attended Texas A&M College (now Texas A&M University) prior to joining the Navy. After four years in the Navy, he joined United Airlines, where he rose through the ranks for the next 35 years. He retired in 1991.

Pilot Alfred Haynes Career

According to NPR, “Pilot Alfred Haynes is widely seen as a hero among aviation experts, akin to Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his ‘miracle on the Hudson.

He was also a volunteer umpire for Little League Baseball for over 33 years and a stadium announcer for high school football for over 25 years.

He was called a hero but refused to say he was one.

Pilot Alfred Haynes Awards

  • Smithsonian Wall of Honor
  • Dr. Earl Weiner Award (also awarded to Dr. Henry Heimlich of the Heimlich maneuver).
  • In 1989, he defied the odds in bringing his crippled United Flight 232 in for a crash landing; more than 180 people survived.

Pilot Alfred Haynes Death

Pilot Alfred Haynes died on August 25, 2019, in a Seattle hospital after a brief illness, six days before his 88th birthday.


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