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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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Release Date:

24 February 1992 (USA)  »

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A Thousand Heroes  »

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As of 2013, Gary Brown is still the director of Disaster Services for Woodbury County, Iowa. His techniques for disaster preparedness have been taught worldwide to firefighting and EMS personnel. See more »


The aircraft involved in the crash was a DC-10-10 (DC-10 first series), and the aircraft seen taxiing on Denver Stapleton Airport is the correct one. However, on takeoff, an additional landing gear in the center of the fuselage is clearly visible. This feature was included only in the latter DC-10-30 and -40 series. See more »


Chris Porter: United 232, the airport's currently at your one o'clock position, ten miles. Sir, if you can't make it to the airport, there's a Interstate that runs North to south, to the East side of the airport. That's a four-lane interstate.
Al Haynes: Roger, Sioux, we're just passing it now. We're going to try for the airport.
Al Haynes: United 232 Heavy, Roger, and advise when you do get runway 31 in sight.
Al Haynes: Where's...
Bill Records: I got the runway!
Al Haynes: I don't.
Dennis Fitch: There! Back on number one, back on one.
Bill Records: Okay, I see it! Let's try to keep the ...
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References Emergency! (1972) See more »

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True story
18 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I was one of those who responded to this plane crash (as an amateur radio operator for emergency services), it is a very true story. The level of effort put forth by the volunteers, and other personel was amazing. Most other cities would have been in serious trouble to have this sort of thing happen. The movie is highly recommended.

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