DENVER — Sandy Dahl, the widow of United Flight 93 captain Jason Dahl, was found dead Friday morning at a home in Jefferson County, friends confirm.
Jewell Wellborn, a board member with The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund, says Sandy Dahl passed away in her sleep from natural causes.
She was 52.
“Sandy has been a dear friend to many, a strong and wonderful spokesman for those left behind in the tragedy of 9/11,” Wellborn said in a statement on behalf of the board. “Sandy was instrumental in the creation of the Dahl Fund following the tragic events of 9/11, and her guiding light will be missed. The thoughts and prayers of the Dahl Fund go out to Sandy’s friends and family at this very difficult time in their life.”
Sandy and Jason Dahl, who together lived in Ken Caryl, had been married for five years when terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, hijacking four passenger jets, including Flight 93.
Two of those planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York City. A third crashed into the Pentagon, while Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers tried to overtake the hijackers.
In the years after the 9/11 attacks, Dahl dedicated considerable time to honoring the memory of her husband, establishing The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund to help train young pilots.
“I will not let Flight 93 go unrecognized or Jason be forgotten,” Dahl said in an interview shortly before the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Dahl leaves behind a daughter and three grandchildren.