SIOUX CITY | A new museum exhibit about the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 received a warm reception from local officials Friday morning.
The exhibit at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation, 2600 Expedition Court, was revealed this week, and community leaders took the opportunity to reflect on the July 19, 1989, disaster.
"There are certain days in your life where you don't forget what happened on that particular day," said Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott. "I remember I was in Omaha, coming home from business.
"The ambulances were lined up on the interstate, so I knew that something wasn't right in Sioux City that day," he said.
After a critical system failure forced the DC-10 to crash-land on a runway at Sioux Gateway Airport 25 years ago, 112 of the plane's 296 passengers were killed.
The new exhibit features uniforms and equipment used by the flight crew and emergency responders, as well as Capt. Al Haynes' seat from the plane.
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The area also has a memorial wall bearing the names of those who died in the crash. A new reflection garden at nearby Runway 22 — the spot where the plane made impact — features 112 evergreens to represent each of the victims.
Museum Director Larry Finley said the exhibit is about 80 percent complete, but that it's open to the public and should be complete within the next week. Admission to the air museum costs up to $6.
Scott said he's still struck by the way the Siouxland community handled the disaster.
"One of the great things about being mayor of a community like this is how citizens respond, and what a great community we have," he said. "We go out of our way to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.
"On this particular day, those people on the plane were our neighbors. And we took care of them and did what we should do," he added.