On This Day in Aviation History

July 19, 2012

United Airlines Flight 232 Miracle Crash Landing: July 19 in Aviation History

More articles by »
Written by: admin
Tags: , , , ,
United Flight 232 on final descent, with visible damage to its tail.

1989: United Airlines flight 232, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 en route for Chicago O’Hare from Denver, crashes in Sioux City, Iowa, following the uncontained failure of the #2 engine and the loss of all hydraulic controls. What followed would be remembered as one of history’s most extraordinary feats of flying, as the crew, led by Capt. Al Haynes, guided the plane to the Sioux City airport using only differential thrust from the two remaining engines. The plane crash landed at the Sioux City airport, allowing 184 of the 296 on board to fly another day.

In 2009, the Des Moines Register published an extensively detailed piece looking back at the disaster, interviewing people involved from every angle, from the flight crew to some surviving passengers, the control tower supervisor to the chaplain.

“It is still a wound,” said Jerry Schemmel of Littleton, Colo., a passenger on Flight 232. His good friend and boss, Jay Ramsdell, died in the crash. “It is still a wound that I don’t think has healed completely, nor will it ever. It is part of my life. I know that it always will be. I have dealt with it about as best as I can, but it will never go away. But you move on and you try to deal with it.”

1961: TWA becomes the first airline to screen in-flight movies.

About the Author




A Look At The Laws: What Is Required When You’re Denied Boarding

Take a look at what the government does and doesn't require airlines to do when you're denied boarding for your flight.
by David J. Williams


Overbooking, Bumping, Removal, Regional Airlines, and Your Rights

After United appeared in the news for the "dragging" removal of a passenger, many are asking what bumping, overbooking and passenger rights are.
by Phil Derner Jr.



Misused Aviation Terms, Part 1: Airlines and Accidents

Many terms are thrown around, whether it be by avgeeks, the news media or general public, that have official definitions aside from what is socially thought.
by Phil Derner Jr.


CLOSED: Winter Storm Stella Takes Aim at Northeastern US and Eastern Canada

Winter Storm Stella is taking aim at the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada early this week. We'll have your latest updates on the storm and its impact on air travel here.
by NYCAviation Staff


United Unveils New ‘Polaris’ Business Class Product

United Airlines introduced Polaris, a new Business Class product to be featured on long-haul international flights which the carrier hopes will be a game changer.
by Gordon Gebert, Jr.


  • Matt, since yesterday, this headline on twitter has hit at my gut. While, under the horrible circumstances, Capt. Al Haynes did an admirable job, “miraculous” is an inappropriate label. 111 people died and recommended safety protocol for lap babies was proven wholly ineffective. But, I think the quote from Jerry Schemmel sums up the reality.