Plane, Titanic Survivors Die

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1997 12:00AM

JAMES GREENWAY SR., who in 1954 made news worldwide because he dangled out of a commercial plane after the emergency hatch blew out beside him, died of a stroke in Seattle on Jan. 21, it was reported on Thursday. Greenway, an active-duty Army Reserve officer at the time he was flying to New York on a United Airlines DC-6, was embarrassed by the coverage he received. At the time of the accident, he managed to crawl back into the propeller plane and get hauled back into the cabin by the other passengers . . . Ironically, news of Greenway came on Wednesday, the same day that the French News Agency reported the death, at his home in Southern France, of MICHAEL NAVRATIL, 92, who survived the April 15, 1912 sinking of the Titanic. His passing leaves four remaining survivors of the tragedy, all women, according to the Titanic Historical Society. Navratil, who was three when he boarded the ill-fated ship with his father (who perished at sea) and a brother (who survived), grew up and became a philosopher. He credited his close brush with death and the early loss of his father with influencing his thinking throughout his life.

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