On July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 lost its hydraulics and No. 2 engine over Iowa. The DC-10 -- with 296 people on board -- was forced to land at Sioux Gateway Airport. The harrowing final minutes of the flight were captured on the aircraft's cockpit recorder:
2:09 p.m.*: Flight 232 takes off from Stapleton Airport in Denver, Colo., bound for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
3:16 p.m.: While making right turn at 37,000 feet over Alta, Iowa, the fan disc fails. With a jolt felt in the cockpit, pieces of shrapnel penetrate the aircraft tail section and puncture all three of the plane's hydraulic systems.
3:23 p.m.: Air traffic controllers at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City are notified of a problem with Flight 232. At 29,000 feet above sea level, the plane has lost control of its No. 2 engine and Capt. Al Haynes is having difficulty controlling the aircraft.
3:25: Haynes makes radio contact with Sioux City. Air traffic control is informed the plane can only turn right and has "almost no controllability."
3:32: Haynes asks if there is safe place near the airport to ditch the aircraft should he not be able to make the airport. "Unless we get control of this airplane, we're going to put it down wherever it happens to be."
3:40: Emergency personnel at the airport are readied for the landing.
3:51: Haynes to air traffic control: "Whatever you do, keep us away from the city."
3:53: Landing gear is down on the aircraft as it descends upon the airport.
3:59: With the runway in sight, air traffic control informs Haynes "youï¿½re clear to land on any runway."
Just before 4 p.m.: The aircraft lines up with a runway 22. Haynes makes his last communication with air traffic control before the crash, asking about the length of the runway. "How long is it?" Then, the plane touches down.
* All times are Central Standard Time. Information gathered from the cockpit recorder and Journal news reports.