She started the Jason M. Dahl Scholarship Fund to help young pilots pay for school
Photo: Sandy Dahl, wife of United Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, holds her husband's photo as she prepares to honor his memory by taking a ride in an F-16 at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., in 2004. It was something he'd always wanted to do.
Sandy Dahl, whose husband was the pilot of United Flight 93 that crashed into a Pennsylvania field on 9/11, has died.
Dahl, 52, died on Friday from natural causes near Denver, according to officials from the charity she started in her husband’s name. She started the Jason M. Dahl Scholarship Fund to help young pilots pay for their educations.
She was also credited with keeping alive the memory of her husband and the brave passengers of Flight 93.
“Sandy and Jason Dahl were my best friends,” David Dosch, a family friend and employee of the scholarship fund, told the Denver Post.
Dahl died in her sleep and her body was found on Friday.
Jefferson County, Colo., officials confirmed her death but didn’t release the cause.
Passengers on the Boeing 757 that went down near Shanksville, Pa., were believed to have thwarted a plot to crash the plane into the U.S. Capitol.
The 33 passengers, seven crew members and four hijackers aboard died.
The expansive Flight 93 National Memorial, run by the National Parks Service, was established at the crash site last year.
Sandy Dahl, a veteran United Airlines attendant, struggled with her loss in the years after her husband died.
“I am lost,” she tearfully told the Rocky Mountain News in 2003. “I don’t know where I belong anymore.”
The two were married for five years.
Her husband’s death also caused a rift between her and her stepson, Matt Dahl, the newspaper reported.
After the terrorist attacks, the two went to court over $700,000 in insurance money that both sides said they were due.
In 2006, Dahl was among the relatives of victims of the hijacked flight who came to Manhattan for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the film “United 93.” Her husband was depicted in the movie.
Dahl said at that time that she believed her husband disabled the plane’s autopilot feature to make it difficult for the terrorists to control the plane and reach their final target.
Last year, in an interview on the anniversary of 9/11, Dahl wore the wedding ring her husband had given her years earlier.
“I do think about him every day,” she told KMGH-TV in Denver. “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.”