Published: 10:59 AM 11/5/2015
Capt. Andy Danziger launched the Daily News column, "This is Your Captain Speaking."
Veteran pilot Andy Danziger, the colorful and controversial captain who launched a Daily News aviation column, died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.
The 28-year aviator's "This is Your Captain Speaking" feature was full of intrigue, including an April story where he candidly related a UFO encounter while piloting a commercial flight in the 1980s. He also penned a hotly-debated column detailing his belief that TWA Flight 800 was shot out of the sky in 1996 and not brought down by a faulty fuel tank, as officials claim.
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"The great thing about Andy is that he was passionate about the truth and held no punches in his pursuit of it," said Daily News Editor-in-Chief Jim Rich. "And aside from being a great writer and well-versed in all things aviation, he was a genuinely wonderful human being. It's a devastating day for everyone who knew him or enjoyed his work."
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Some of his finer moments came when Danziger was earthbound. The Queens native and lifelong Mets fan was ejected from Royals Stadium during the 1980 World Series after repeatedly trying to hoist a banner reading, "Ph--- the Phillies" during the Philadelphia-Kansas City showdown.
Danziger is survived by his wife, the former Pamela DiBuono, his 29-year-old daughter Shaina and five-year-old daughter Ava.