It has been nearly 25 years since the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City. To honor those impacted by the crash, a new exhibit is now open to the public.
"There are certain days in your life when you don't forget what happened," said Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott.
July 19, 1989 is a date that many in Siouxland will never forget.
"I cannot recall a single week that we haven't had at least one person come through the front door during the week asking specifically about Flight 232. They remember the name," said Larry Finley, executive director of the Mid America Museum. "They know the airline, and they remember that it happened here at Sioux Gateway."
On Friday, city leaders cut the ribbon, unveiling the new Flight 232 exhibit at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City.
"When you come in here, it is an emotional event. This whole thing is emotional," said Pam Mickelson, chair of the Flight 232 Remembrance Committee.
The display walks you through the story from beginning to end with pictures and a timeline. You'll also find artifacts, like Capt. Al Haynes' seat, and a map tracking the spiraling flight of United 232 as it came into Sioux City.
"One-hundred and eleven passengers and one crew member lost their lives when Flight 232 crash landed at Sioux Gateway Airport; but, their names will never be forgotten."
"Up in the blue sky and white clouds are the names of the 112 people who perished in that accident," said Finley.
However, thanks to the flight crew and quick actions from emergency responders, who trained for such a disaster just two years earlier, 184 people survived.
"It's important that we continue the emergency services education for, not only the professional firefighters and ambulance personal and police departments, but also the volunteers in the Siouxland community," said Finley.
"One of the great things about being a mayor of a community like this is how citizens respond. What a great community we have," said Mayor Scott.
The new Flight 232 exhibit at theMid Americaa Museum of Aviation and Transportation is free and open to the public. On July 19th, the museum will host a reflection ceremony to remember those who lost their lives. The event begins at 2:30 p.m.
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