Summary: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.
Stay tuned for Part 2 on July 29!
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Sources consulted for this story:
- NTSB: Official Air Accident Report
- TailStrike: United 232 CVR
- United Airlines Flight 232 ATC Recording
- United Airlines Flight 232 Crash in Sioux City & Survivors - CBS Evening News - July 20, 1989
- Captain Alfred Haynes Describes United Flight 232 Crash - CBS Evening News - July 25, 1989
- Morningside.edu: Morningsiders remember United Airlines Flight 232
- Industrial Crisis Quarterly: United Flight 232: Sioux City's Response to an Air Disaster
- 9News: Passenger describes surviving United Flight 232 crash that killed 112 people
- Popular Mechanics: The Crash of United Flight 232
- Des Moines Register: United Airlines Flight 232: What you need to know about 1989 plane crash in Iowa
- NASA: The Crash of United Flight 232
- Sun Sentinel: RELUCTANT HERO PILOT DESCRIBES HARROWING STRUGGLE BEFORE DC-10 CRASH
- Washington Post: CRASH PROBERS FIND ENGINE MISSING BLADES
- Sioux City Journal: REMEMBERING DENNIS FITCH: 'It was a really tough time'
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United Airlines Flight 232
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.
Credits: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