July 27, 2006
Ft. Pierce, FL Pilot Honored with ALPA Superior Airmanship Award
Washington, DC --- James Dannahower, a US Airways first officer and Ft. Pierce, FL resident, is receiving a Superior Airmanship Award from the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) for his outstanding effort in avoiding a near collision involving US Airways Flight 1170, a Boeing 737-300 providing service from Boston Logan International Airport to Philadelphia on June 9, 2005.
The award will be presented July 27 during the Association’s annual Air Safety Forum and Awards Banquet. US Airways Captain Henry Jones will also be honored with a Superior Airmanship Award for the event.
“The actions of the pilots of US Airways flight 1170 underscore the importance of a trained, experienced flight crew ready to act decisively at a moment’s notice. First Officer Dannahower’s swift actions helped to avert a potential collision and ensure the safety of the passengers and crew,” said ALPA President Duane E. Woerth.
As flight 1170 departed Runway 9, F/O Dannahower noticed an Aer Lingus Airbus A330 taking off on Runway 15R, which crosses Runway 9. Dannahower recognized the potential for a collision and reacted instantly, pushing forward against the control yoke to prevent Capt. Jones from rotating the 737. Capt. Jones wisely followed his First Officer’s advice by delaying the rotation and then continuing the takeoff. The B737, with 103 passengers and 6 crew members, rolled under the A330 which carried 260 passengers and 12 crew members, missing it by an estimated 170 feet.
Subsequent investigation into this very serious incident revealed that one air traffic controller in Logan Tower had cleared US Airways Flight 1170 for takeoff on Runway 9, while a different controller had cleared Aer Lingus Flight 132 for takeoff on Runway 15R. As both flight crews began their takeoffs, the airport terminal blocked any line of sight between them.
Dannahower began his career with US Airways in 1988 flying DC-9 aircraft.
He is married to Robin Dannahower and they live in Ft. Pierce, FL with their 3 children.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing 62,000 pilots at 40 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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ALPA Contact: Linda Shotwell, Jeff Orschel, (703) 481-4440