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Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 24 February 1992
The captain of a crippled jet steers toward tri-state rescue-team experts waiting in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Authentic drama of United Airlines flight 232 from Denver to Chicago. The DC-10 crashed during an emergency landing at Sioux City Gateway Airport on July 19, 1989. 184 people survived, partly thanks to the ground rescue workers who had 40 minutes to prepare for the event. Written by Roald Pettersen

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In 1988, Sioux City Iowa organized a revolutionary "Disaster Preparedness Program." On July 19th, 1989, they needed every trick in the book.

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When the airplane is shown crashing, the movie shows actual news footage of the real Flight 232 as shot by reporter Dave Boxum of KTIV-TV Sioux City, Iowa. See more »

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When Flight Engineer Dudley Dvorak notices that the hydraulic quantity drops to zero, Captain Haynes asks him to turn on "backup systems", but they are also found unworkable. Haynes then states that "all three hydraulics lines at once" must have been destroyed. This exchange shows that the screenwriter misunderstands the way hydraulics work: the DC-10, like all airliners, has three different hydraulic lines (marked as red, blue and yellow), but they are used simultaneously in flight, as each of them controls different control surfaces of the aircraft - while the movie implies one of three is the main one and the other two are backup, used only when the main hydraulic line fails. (In fact, the DC-10 did not have any backup hydraulics: they are running through different parts of the airplane, so it was found improbable to have all three taken out at once with the exception of a total disintegration of the airliner; however, in case of UA232, when the turbine disc on the tailfin engine disintegrated, it ruptured shrapnel pieces all around, severing all three lines, as the red one ran just under the engine and blue and yellow lines ran through the tail fin in fairly close proximity.) See more »

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Heidi: Better pick up. It's Marg at the Comm Center!
Gary Brown: Yeah, Marg?
Marg: I... I just got a call from Sioux Tower. Get on the loop.
Gary Brown: I'm on.
Chris Porter: Understand Sioux City is option one after Des Moines. Is pilot aware Sioux Gateway's longest runway is 9,000 feet?
Minneapolis Center: Sioux City, at this time pilot is just, uh, looking for a home.
Chris Porter: Roger, standing by.
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Gary Brown: My God. Rich! Rich! Get the comm trailer out to Gateway, I think we got something going on. Heidi? This one's real!
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References Emergency! (1972) See more »

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very realistic
6 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this on satellite earlier and was really impressed with everything,the mixture of stars involved,acting quality, gritty realism etc and it gave me a real insight into what the emergency services actually do in the event of something like this occurring.- Excellent. Charlon Heston was particularly well cast in the role of the captain of the ill fated flight 232,as was James Coburn as the fire chief with years of experience who acted in a very professional manner although at times slightly brusque but his character was indeed definitely a man to get the job done properly,so to speak. In my opinion the film was not only gripping,as near to reality as anyone could possibly portray but it also showed the real emotion behind what must have been a terrible frightening incident for everyone involved.-Great film.


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