Local pilot honored with safety award for avoiding disaster

Buzz Dranguet received a safety award from American Airlines after landing a plane safely following a malfunction.

C.E. “Buzz” Dranguet, a captain for American Airlines, was recently honored with the Michael Michaelis Safety Award for Excellence of outstanding airmanship and professionalism. Out of 15,000 American Airlines pilots, he and his co-pilot were honored.

On April 13, while deviating around weather, the air speed indicator on the MD-80 airplane malfunctioned. After recovering from two stalls, the crew prepared for an emergency landing at Shreveport. The approach and landing were a success.

According to the president of American Pilot Association, the airmanship of the pilots prevented a potential disaster. The accurate detailed briefing helped develop mitigations to the MD-80 fleet for a recently identified hazard.

Dranguet graduated from St. Mary’s High School and is a graduate of the Northwestern State University aviation curriculum. He is a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

He is married to Anita Mares Dranguet and has two sons, Matthew and Johnathan. He is the son of Ed and Mary Dranguet of Natchitoches.