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Flight 232 forever changed the history of Siouxland and part of that history happened here at KTIV News 4

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Dave Nixon Senior July 1989 and July 2014 Dave Nixon Senior July 1989 and July 2014
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

So many of us can remember where we were when we heard that United Flight 232 had crash-landed at the Sioux Gateway Airport on July 19, 1989.

Former KTIV News Anchor, Dave Nixon, Senior, had just walked into the newsroom, after finishing a graduate class he was taking at the University of South Dakota.That's when he heard about a DC-10 in trouble in the skies over northwest Iowa.

Flight 232 had 296 people on board.

As Nixon, and the rest of the news staff, covered the tragic crash-landing, they to keep control of their own emotions.

Dave Nixon, Sr., Former KTIV News Anchor said, "I had to fight the emotions throughout that afternoon, throughout that entire ordeal. I would catch myself squeezing the anchor desk."

Nixon found hope in watching the air ambulance lift into the clouds

Dave Nixon, Sr., KTIV Anchor said, "The first thing that helped me deal with it, emotionally, was seeing the first helicopter rise out of the smoke. Because they don't take dead people to the hospital. That was our first inkling that someone may have survived."

 

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