Sandy Dahl, widow to United Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, whose plane went down in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11, passed away from natural causes at the age of 52.
The Denver Post reports that Dahl passed away in her sleep on Friday night, according to family friend David Dosch. She was best known for channeling the tragedy of her husband’s death on September 11, 2001 into a campaign, which honored his memory and also instigated the Captain Jason M. Dahl Scholarship Fund for new pilots.
The fund also announced that Dahl passed away from natural causes near Denver, Colorado, although friends stated she was in good health.
Captain Dahl’s plane was meant for the U.S. Capitol or the White House, but passengers on board fought against the hijackers, and the plane crashed into an empty field in rural Pennsylvania as well. Sandy always held the belief that her husband was with the passengers in working to foil the terrorists’ plans.
The New York Daily News reports that, in an interview on the 10th anniversary of the nation’s worst terrorist attack, Sandy Dahl stated of her husband that:
“I do think about him every day. The reason I am doing this (interview) today and the reason that I do this at all is to make sure he is never forgotten.”
According to USA Today, the Jefferson County coroner’s office has confirmed her death, although they did not give a specific cause.
Newser reports that Sandy Dahl stated of the people aboard the fated United Flight 93 that:
“They did what would almost never be asked of anyone. I want to make sure history is written.”