National Geographic Channel Seconds From Disaster

Season 2 Episode 7

Crash Landing in Sioux City

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 2005 on National Geographic
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Crash Landing in Sioux City
On July 19, 1989, United Airlines flight 232 experienced a catastrophic failure on its number two tail mounted engine during the flight. The tail engine's fan disc split, severing all the hydraulic lines. The plane was uncontrollable and plunged towards the runway at speeds of almost three times the normal rate. It cartwheeled and broke into three parts, before erupting into a massive fireball. Of the 285 passengers onboard, 112 were killed.moreless

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