UND to host story of redemption by retired airline pilot convicted of flying drunk

WHAT:  John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences’ presentation by Captain Lyle Prouse

WHERE:  Chester Fritz Auditorium

WHEN:  7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19  (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Background:

Each year, the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School hosts a “safety presentation” that is open to the public. This Tuesday, Nov. 19, Captain Lyle Prouse will speak about his battle with alcoholism and the incidents behind the infamous Northwest Flight 650, which originated from Fargo, N.D., on March 7, 1990.

After consuming alcohol in a Fargo bar, Prouse was part of a crew that flew Northwest Flight 650 from Fargo to Minneapolis. An anonymous tip from a patron at the Fargo bar led to Prouse’s conviction for flying under the influence of alcohol. Prouse would eventually receive a second chance in commercial aviation, re-earn his “wings” and retire as a full-fledged airline captain of a 747.

Even though this presentation has an aviation theme, the story relevant to all. Prouse gives a highly motivating, inspiring and personal speech about his life, alcoholism and the events surrounding Northwest Flight 650.

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Contact: Sam Wagener, wagener@aero.UND.edu.

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