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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.

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the aftermath of the crash, Gary Brown is seen placing a banjo back into a case. One of the survivors of United 232 was prominent bluegrass player Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick. 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

Reporter: How did it feel to save that boy?
Lt. Colonel Dennis Nielsen: God saved that boy, I just CARRIED him.
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Connections

References Emergency! (1972) See more »

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Well worth the viewing
29 December 2004 | by smurzlfitSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on TV, and then found it online for purchase several years later. It is a great depiction of how to do things right from an emergency services standpoint. So much so, that I show it in EMT refresher classes that I teach to emphasize the points of teamwork and advanced planning that are required to respond adequately to this type of emergency.

This is an excellent viewing for those in emergency services that are used to seeing things done from a Hollywood standpoint-it doesn't glamorize the job like so many other attempts at this type of movie do, but still recognizes the contributions made by volunteers and career responders.


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