“America’s newest hero”

New York Daily News

September 28, 2010

ABC News called him “America’s newest hero.” Airline passengers are calling veteran pilot Captain Jack Conroyd a “class act.” It seems the whole world now knows about Conroyd’s successful emergency landing at John F. Kennedy Airport last Saturday night, but few may realize he’s a Bradley University graduate. 

Conroyd is being credited with saving the lives of more than 60 passengers on-board a Delta Connections flight en route from Atlanta to White Plains, NY, by skillfully placing the airliner on the runway despite a landing gear malfunction.

The harrowing descent and dramatic landing were captured on the cameras of passengers’ mobile devices and broadcast around the world following the fiery touchdown. In the audio recording of the flight crew speaking with air traffic controllers, Conroyd can be heard calmly declaring an emergency and his plan to divert the plane to JFK.

“Atlantic Southeast Airlines is proud of the actions and professionalism displayed by the crew of Flight 4951,” said Atlantic Southeast’s president and COO Brad Holt.

Conroyd is a 1978 Bradley industrial engineering graduate and former navy pilot. He began his career in commercial aviation in 1994, according to ABC News. Now an employee of Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the company operating the Delta flight, Conroyd resides in Florida.

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