Flight 232 pilot will speak at USD Oct. 22 The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the Disaster Mental Heath Institute (DHMI) at The University of South Dakota will welcome Captain Dennis Fitch to the Vermillion campus on Oct. 22. Fitch, an off-duty pilot on the
United Flight 232 Denver to Chicago flight that crashed in Sioux City, IA on July 19, 1989, will be presenting his speech titled "United Flight 232: If You Think You Can, You Will," in Slagle Auditorium at 7 p.m., Oct. 22.
Fitch sat on the cockpit floor and worked the controls to bring the DC-10 to an unprecedented landing without hydraulic power. The feat had never been performed before and is considered a miracle in aviation history.
Fitch's actions during the flight have been described as "heroic" and have been credited with saving 190 passengers' lives. The event is free and open to the public.
Captain Fitch's speech will offer more than just a fascinating story of drama in the sky. Fitch teaches audiences that there is no "I" in teamwork.
The potential for success is tied directly to how people work together and how much they believe in themselves, according to Fitch.