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, ... See full summary »
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
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 plane at the end is taking off at a completely different airport (and at a completely different time), as witnessed by the trees alongside the runway. There are no trees along either of the KSUX runways. See more »
Where is he going? He can't make the turn to 31.
Hey! He's coming in on 22.
Uh, Sir? that, uh, runway is closed. That's 22, Sir. But if you have to, you can line up on it.
Well, we're pretty well lined up now. How long is that runway?
Uh, United 232 Heavy. Okay, Sir. T-t-that will work. It's 6,600 feet, and the equipment's coming off.
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Shows the miracle of crew skill and community organization.
Although I scored this film as a "6" because it suffered some from lack of character development and pedestrian acting, it is a powerful viewing experience. A skilled United Airlines crew and unprecedented community organization saved many. In fact, the emergency workers in the Sioux City area achieved, on a smaller scale, what those in New York did in 2001. Charlton Heston was ideal in the role of Captain Al Haynes.
I worked in the city government at Sioux City and then at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center years before these events. I participated in some of the very early planning that paid off in 1998. What I saw in the film rings true.
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