Stefan G. Rasmussen

Stefan G. Rasmussen

Stefan G. Rasmussen

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Stefan G. Rasmussen (born 23 July 1947) is a Danish former pilot who captained the crash-landing SAS flight 751 on December 27, 1991. There were no fatalities in the crash, and Rasmussen received much recognition for his handling of the incident. He entered politics, and served in the Danish Folketing parliament from 1994 to 1996.


He was born in Randers, and trained as a pilot in the Royal Danish Air Force and graduated from Williams Air Force Base, Arizona in 1973 (class 74-01).

On 27 December 1991, he was the Captain of SAS flight 751, an MD-81, OY-KHO which crash-landed at Gottröra in Sweden. In the initial climb both engines ingested ice breaking loose from the wings, which had not been properly deiced before departure. Both engines were destroyed, leaving the aircraft with no propulsion. After an unusually long controlled low-altitude glide, the aircraft landed in a field and broke into three parts. No fire broke out and all aboard the plane survived.

Rasmussen was decorated by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark for his outstanding and professional performance. He received several recognitions, such as: IFALPA Polaris Award, IAPA Outstanding Service Award, Aviation Week & Space Technology Laurels Award and Hall of Fame recognition and The Golden Medal from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Rasmussen was a member of the Danish Folketing parliament for the Conservative People's Party from 1994 to 1996 but had to quit due to suffering from severe tinnitus that he...
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