I was recently contacted by an individual who told me about a personal letter he had received from Hoot Gibson back in 1983. I thought I would share Hoot’s letter with you. But first a little background.
Hoot was well known in aviation circles after his experience with TWA 841. His notoriety increased more broadly after the airing of the CBS documentary The Plane That Fell From The Sky. The documentary painted the crew in a favorable light, as a crew wrongly accused. Some people who saw the documentary wrote to Hoot to offer words of encouragement. Hoot would often write responses to the letters he received. He actually wrote this letter while on a
In May of 1983, Hoot testified in the civil trial of Holly Wicker. The CBS documentary aired in July of 1983. This letter was written in October of 1983, almost five years after the incident. You can sense in the letter the anger and frustration Hoot carried with him on a daily basis. Things were weighing heavily on Hoot during this time. A few weeks after writing this letter Hoot requested a medical leave from TWA. It would be almost three years before he would fly again as a TWA pilot.
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