FLIGHT 232 CRASH

Emergency workers respond to the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City on July 19, 1989. A total of 112 people died, while 184 survived. Work is ramping up for a 25th anniversary commemoration of the event July 18-20 in Sioux City.

Gary Anderson, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | A community commemoration will mark next year's 25th anniversary of the United Flight 232 crash at Sioux Gateway Airport,  organizers announced Friday.

The crash grabbed headlines around the world when a DC-10 carrying 296 passengers and crew flying from Denver to Chicago crash-landed July 19, 1989, at the airport. A total of 112 people died. More than 400 agencies from Sioux City, South Sioux City and other Siouxland communities responded to the disaster, transporting the injured quickly to hospitals.

Events are planned July 18-20 to honor the responders, those who died and the survivors. United pilot Capt. Al Haynes, now retired, of Seattle, and some members of his flight crew are expected to attend the series of weekend events.

In many ways, the response to that tragedy defined the community, said committee co-chairman Pam Mickelson. She is a member of the Mid America Air and Transportation Museum board, which is coordinating the activities with an 18-member committee.

"More than tragedy came out of that event," Mickelson said.

Woodbury County Emergency and Disaster Services Director Gary Brown added, "We've been getting inquires about this for about a year from families and survivors."

Preliminary plans call for a July 18 program at the Orpheum Theatre' a July 19 event at the Mid America air museum, whose front yard is where the jet crashed, and a program July 20 at the Flight 232 Memorial near Anderson Dance Pavilion on the Missouri Riverfront.

For more information, contact Mickelson at 712-252-5300 or email her at mickelson@morningside.edu.

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