After the accident, the pilots and flight attendants weren't rescuers: but victims.
On 19 July 1989, the tail-mounted No. 2 engine of United Airlines Flight 232 explodes, causing serious damage to the aircraft's hydraulic systems and leaving the flight controls unusable. By varying engine thrust, the pilots manage to crash-land the aircraft at Sioux City, Iowa, saving the lives of 185 of the 296 people on board. The investigation traced the engine failure to a fatigue crack in the front fan disk, which had developed from a defect introduced before the disk was even made, when the original titanium ingot used to make it was formed.
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