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
In 1988, Sioux City Iowa organized a revolutionary "Disaster Preparedness Program." On July 19th, 1989, they needed every trick in the book.
Did You Know?
Gary Brown, the real life director of Woodbury County Emergency Services (now called the Disaster Services Office) in Sioux City, Iowa, makes a cameo appearance as an emergency services employee in the film. He can be seen operating a radio in the mobile command post when Richard Thomas' character of Gary Brown arrives at the airport. See more
The pilot of the small jet calls the tower "412 ready for takeoff" but the plane is actually taxiing through the transient parking just north-west of the tower, nowhere hear a runway and nowhere near takeoff. See more
Rescue One, this is Comm Center. What have you got there, dear?
She's down and burning! It's a big jet fuel fire. Bob says we got plenty of foam but not water. We need every truck full!
What about survivors?
I don't think so, Marg.