(CBS) — In a month, the people of Sioux City, Ia., will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crash of a crippled, Chicago-bound United Airlines DC-10 that was forced to make an emergency landing at Sioux Gateway Airport.
The video of United 232 cartwheeling along Sioux Gateway’s runway 22 is unforgettable. A total of 112 people died when the plane broke apart, or in the weeks afterward. But hard work by the crew and first responders assured that another 184 lived.
Pilot Al Haynes had the benefit of a United Airlines DC-10 instructor, Dennis Fitch, on board, but the complete loss of hydraulics caused by a disintegrating tail jet fan was something no one had experienced and manufacturer McDonnell-Douglas had not planned to address.