Office of the Governor of Iowa

Governor Branstad


Governor Branstad issues statement on the passing of Dennis E. Fitch

May 9, 2012

Gov. Terry Branstad today released the following statement upon learning of the passing of Flight 232 pilot Dennis E. Fitch:

“The crash of Flight 232 was an exercise in heroism, both on the ground in Iowa and in the skies above it. Along with Captain Al Haynes, Dennis E. Fitch saved 184 lives that summer day. Friends and family from across the country were able to enjoy another day, more weeks and countless years with the survivors due to Dennis Fitch’s steady hand and sound judgment. As we also solemnly remember the 111 victims of that day’s horrific moment, we will proudly remember Dennis E. Fitch as a hero who did all he could to save every passenger on that July day in 1989. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”


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