Episode 68: United Airlines Flight 232 Part 1 & 2

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When the crew of United Airlines Flight 232 boarded their aircraft on July 19, 1989, they had no idea they were just a few hours away from the greatest challenge they would ever face. In the skies above Iowa, a terrifying noise and a shuddering aircraft would start one of aviation history's most memorable tales, and the outcome changed lives and flight safety for all of us.

In the first of this two-part episode, Stephanie shares what happened before, during, and after the disaster as well as why planes are safer because of what we learned. In part two of our episode, Shelly tells the events of the crash from the perspectives of the survivors, including the cabin crew and the first responders on the ground. These stories highlight just how remarkable the landing was and how the crash forever changed the local community in Sioux City, IA.

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Show Notes:

We start off with a quick story about a woman named Emily whose tweet praising JetBlue pilots for cancelling a flight due to tiredness went viral earlier this month. Take a look at the original tweet as well as an article that shares her thoughts about the experience.


Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
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Photograph taken of United Airlines Flight 232 as is began its descent. Source: AirDisasters.com

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Surviving passenger Jerry Schemmel

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United Airlines Flight 232 crash site. Source: Air National Guard

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The scorched runway after United Airlines Flight 232's landing. Source: Popular Mechanics

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Dennis Nielsen is shown carrying 3-year-old Spencer Bailey in this famous photograph taken following the crash of Flight 232. Source: Gary Anderson.

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Aircraft wreckage. Source: Morningside

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UA 232 Flight Attendant Jan Brown has dedicated the past 30 years to making flying safer for families. Source: ABC News: Niall Lenihan

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United Airlines Flight 232 crash. Source: Iowa Department of Public Safety