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Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama  |  24 February 1992 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »



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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.


Action | Drama


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Release Date:

24 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Thousand Heroes  »

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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 is in real life a United Airlines DC-10, which is accurately shown as the plane is on the ground at Denver Stapleton Airport. However, on take-off (front view), the plane becomes a Pan Am DC-10, and while it is climbing, the American Airlines logotype is clearly visible on the tail. See more »


Al Haynes: [over the P.A] Okay, folks. Brace! Brace! Brace!
Chris Porter: 232, looking good, Sir! And be advised that there is nothing but open field at the end of the runway, so roll-out will *not* be a problem!
Al Haynes: 232, Roger. Ease the power back now. Left turns. Left turns. Easy... Too fast!
GPWS: Whoop! Whoop! Pull up! Glideslope!
Bill Records: Left... left... left...
Al Haynes: Your nose...
GPWS: Whoop! Whoop! Pull up! Glideslope!
Bill Records: Left! Left! Left!
Al Haynes: Too fast!
GPWS: Whoop! Whoop! Pull up! Glideslope!
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References Emergency! (1972) See more »

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Miracle At Sioux City
31 May 2004 | by (San Gabriel, Ca., USA) – See all my reviews

First having aired on TV in 1992, CRASH LANDING is a highly well-made dramatization of the saga of United Airlines Flight 232 which, while enroute from Denver to Chicago on July 19, 1989, suffered a catastrophic explosion in its tail engine which severed all the plane's hydraulic lines. This meant that the crew, led by Captain Al Haynes, had almost no control over the aircraft, and that they would have to come in for an extremely difficult landing at Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa. With no way to stop, the plane broke up on impact, scattering debris across the runway and into nearby cornfields. But miraculously, of the 296 people onboard, including Haynes and his crew, 184 managed to survive the horrific ordeal.

Utilizing some of the actual TV footage of UAL 232 coming in for landing and breaking apart upon touchdown, CRASH LANDING details how Haynes and his crew managed to keep the plane in the air long enough to attempt the landing in Sioux City, and how the Sioux City ground crew was prepared for the ultimate emergency. Charlton Heston does his usual professional job in his portrayal of Al Haynes, and James Coburn is equally commanding as Jim Hathaway, the chief emergency coordinator at Sioux City. Richard Thomas, though he does not necessarily escape his "John boy" image from "The Waltons", also scores as the green rookie on Coburn's ground crew.

Although it is a TV movie, the story and cast are all ably directed by veteran Lamont Johnson, with a good script by Harve Bennett (STAR TREK III). CRASH LANDING (later retitled A THOUSAND HEROES) is one of the best true-life airline disaster survival stories ever put on TV, and is well worth seeing.

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