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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.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writer:

Harve Bennett
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Captain Al Haynes
Richard Thomas ... Gary Brown
James Coburn ... Jim Hathaway
Leon Russom ... Bob Hamilton
John M. Jackson ... Lt. Colonel Dennis Nielsen
Tom O'Brien ... Chris Porter
Philip Baker Hall ... Sam Gochenour
Tom Everett ... Mack Zubinski
Carmen Argenziano ... First Officer Bill Records
Bruce McGill ... Flight Engineer Dudley Dvorak
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Dennis Fitch
Bill Geisslinger Bill Geisslinger ... Chuck Sundberg
Steven M. Porter ... Gary Anderson
Stephanie Dunnam
Mariangela Pino
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Thousand Heroes See more »

Filming Locations:

Nebraska, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place on July 19, 1989. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[picking up the telephone]
Mack Zubinski: Sioux City Tower? Say again? 232 Heavy? Confirm me heavy. Understand, a DC-10 squawking 7700. Roger, standing by.
[to Porter]
Mack Zubinski: Minneapolis Center. Get set for an emergency hand-off.
Chris Porter: A DC-10?
Mack Zubinski: Yeah. Tail engine blown out, no hydraulics. Only control he's got is right and left throttle. Poor bastard's circling high and looking for a place to land.
Chris Porter: You wanna take approach control?
Mack Zubinski: No, you'll do fine. I'm right behind you.
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References Emergency! (1972) See more »

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True Story, as told by a second party
20 November 2006 | by ladyblackcat00See all my reviews

I happen to have been best friends with a young woman named Sherry Allen. She worked at the formerly known Marian Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. Now it is known as Mercy hospital. She told me of that day that she had just gotten off of work that morning. She got a phone call to come back to the hospital to work yet again. From what I recall her saying, she told me that the line of ambulances was long, and she jumped into what she termed as chaos. She had just completed her Nurses Aide training, and to be a part of this catastrophe, she holds it dear in her heart that she was there to help save any who survived that day.

i know as I write this, it is now 2006, but to any and all health care workers out there who have faced similar disasters, I as an American, applaud your hard work. God Bless you All.


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