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.
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?
Towards the end of the film, a news conference on the crash of Flight 232 is shown on a television, with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad praising Gary Brown for his well coordinated emergency response efforts after the crash. The footage is in fact real, with Branstad praising the real life Brown. Branstad served as the Governor of Iowa from 1983 to 1999, and was reelected once again in 2011. 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
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.
Denver Tower, roger that, cleared for take-off runway 35 Right... and you have a good one too.