Hero pilot speaks at Westminster College
April 27, 2006
ABC 4 News
Story by Kerry Kinsey
It's one of the most viewed airline crashes in aviation history.
On July 19th, 1989 United Airlines flight 292 crash landed in Sioux City, Iowa. 112 people died in that crash, but many people credit pilot Alfred Haynes for saving the lives of 184 passengers.
Haynes spoke to students and graduates of Westminster College's Aviation Program on Wednesday.
He says despite what others say, he was not a hero that fateful day.
Retired United Airlines Pilot Alfred Haynes says, "I don't buy that word. I think there are heroes. I mentioned three of them, the one that went back in the airplane to get the baby, and any fireman who goes into a burning building or aircraft, those are the heroes. We did what we had to try to get the airplane on the ground."
Haynes retired from the airlines in 1991. Since then, he's made over 1,500 speeches.
His theme is always about teamwork.