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The crash-landing of Flight 232 creates a permanent bond between passengers and first responders.


Saturday, 25-years later, almost to the moment of impact: those touched by the miraculous tragedy shared hugs, smiles and memories of so much pain, yet survival.

John Transue from Loveland, Colorado sat in seat 9C, at first upset because he couldn't sit in first class.

The remembrance event reunited Transue with Craig Koglin, from Littleton, Colorado.

Koglin also survived the impact in Row 9, seat G, just feet from Transue.

The two finally back together after attending the first anniversary together.

Michelle Ruffin was a 20-year-old lifeguard in Sioux City when the Red Cross sent her in to help with the aftermath.

She experienced something few her age should see.

For the first time since that fateful day in Sioux City.. Dr. Quintin Durward, a local neurologist reconnected with the patient he saved so many years ago.

A patient he didn't know by name until this day.

Tam, a flight attendant working out of Chicago at the time doesn't remember the crash.. her brain injury blocked it out, but, she's thankful for the man who made her future possible.

For so many gathered at the MidAmerica Museum Saturday,  what happened here on July 19th, 1989 changed the course of their lives forever.

Click on the video to hear from some of the survivors in their own words.


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