The widow of the United Flight 93 pilot Sandy Dahl was just winding down for the night, when she turned on the television Sunday night. When President Barack Obama made the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, Dahl was stunned.
She said she made a Christmas wish back in 2001, after her husband, Capt. Jason Dahl, died. Dahl was the pilot on United Flight 93 when it went down in a rural field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. The plane was hijacked en route from New Jersey to San Francisco.
At a memorial site near Tamarade Drive and Valley Parkway in Ken Caryl, family and friends put up American flags around an eagle statue. Sandy Dahl said she's had her highs and lows in the last 10 years, but she's thankful the military and intelligence agencies never gave up the search for the "evil man" she calls a coward.
"I would never wish for anyone to be killed. I would never kill anyone. I wanted him (Bin Laden) caught and captured," said Dahl.
"I do think it was just. He would never have been captured without a fuss. It's the way it ended up and I think things happen for a reason," said Dahl.
Dahl still has family in Colorado. She said she still has the flying bug just like her husband Jason, and travels a lot.
To keep her husband's love of aviation flying, Dahl helped launch the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund
The fund gives thousands of dollars each year to one student at metro state and another at San Jose State University, Jason Dahl's alma mater. The scholarship fund expanded this year to include five other aviation schools nationwide.
"Jason would be so proud that the way he started his flying career has been continued on and will forever," Sandy Dahl said.
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