Alfred Haynes Bio
Alfred Haynes was a former USA Pilot, who defied the odds in bringing his disabled United Flight 232 in for a crash landing; more than 180 people survived.
He was born on 31 August 1931 and died on 25 August 2019 at the age of 87. His son Dan posted news of his death on Facebook.
Alfred Haynes Earlier Life
He was born in Paris, Tex and grew up in Dallas. After three years at Texas A&M University, he joined the Naval Aviation Cadet Training Program in 1952.
He has commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, later became the first lieutenant and ended his military career in 1956 as an instructor pilot.
He joined United that year as a flight engineer, became a first officer in 1963 and promoted to captain in 1985. By the time of the fateful flight, he had almost 30,000 hours of total flight time, including more than 7,000 hours in a DC-10.
Mr. Haynes, though injured, was flying again within a few months. The accident has been the subject of several books as well as a 1992 television movie, “Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232.” Charlton Heston played Mr. Haynes.
United Airlines crash
Alfred Haynes was 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.
Mr. Haynes was captain of United Flight 232 on July 19 when, a little more than an hour into its flight to Chicago from 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.
“Most people know Chesley Sullenberger,” said Spencer Bailey, a Flight 232 survivor, referring to the pilot who successfully landed a US Airways jet on the Hudson River in 2009, “but the feat Captain Haynes pulled off 30 years ago was truly a miracle, too.”
Mr. Haynes was piloting a DC-10, which would typically 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 plane and control its speed. The aircraft was in danger of turning upside down.
“When the engine failed, the airplane started to turn to the right and started to roll,” Mr. Haynes told CNN in 2013.
Alfred Haynes Family
Mr. Haynes living, Along with his son Dan and several grandchildren, his survivors include his daughter, Laurie Arguello.
In 2003, Mr. Haynes appealed for donations to help her pay for a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. His son Tony died in a motorcycle accident in 1996. His wife, Darlene, died not long after.
Mr. Haynes Death and Cause
He died on 25 August 2019 in Tacoma, Wash. He was at the age of 87.