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?
The film takes place on July 19, 1989. See more
The pilot of the small jet calls the tower "412 ready for takeoff" but the plane is actually taxiing through the transient parking just north-west of the tower, nowhere hear a runway and nowhere near takeoff. 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.