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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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Al Haynes: Denver Tower, this is United 232 heavy, ready for take-off, 35 Right.
Denver Tower Controller: 232 heavy, cleared for take-off, 35 Right, and have a good day sir.
Al Haynes: Denver Tower, roger that, cleared for take-off runway 35 Right... and you have a good one too.
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References Emergency! (1972) See more »

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Surprisingly well done and gripping.
11 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Compared to all the disaster movies released over the years, "Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232" is surprisingly well done and gripping. The fact that it is a true story makes it all the more appealing.

The movie details the heroic efforts of both the flight crew and the emergency responders on the ground at Sioux City.

The movie begins by showing the people at the Sioux City airport engaging in a disaster simulation and shows how they learned how to better prepare for a real crash.

When the flight crew of flight 232 lose all hydraulic control they start flying in circles and have to learn how to control the direction of the plane by adjusting the amount of thrust in each engine.

We see many interesting details like the fact that as the crippled plane was coming in for a landing, the control tower realized they were lined up on the wrong runway - which happened to be the same runway where all the emergency vehicles were sitting. Dozens of firetrucks and ambulances had to quickly scramble to get out of the way of the jetliner.

Overall, despite the fact that this was a made-for-TV movie, I thought it was far superior to most any disaster flick I have ever seen.


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