On This Day in Aviation History
United Airlines Flight 232 Miracle Crash Landing: July 19 in Aviation History
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.”
- Cockpit voice recorder transcript [PDF]
- Capt. Al Haynes gives a speech about the crash at NASA’s Dryden Research Center
1961: TWA becomes the first airline to screen in-flight movies.