Crew, Survivors Mark 25th Anniversary of Flight 232 Tragedy

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Three days of remembrance this weekend in northern Iowa will mark the 25th anniversary of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232.

The plane was en route from Denver to Chicago when an engine problem knocked out the plane’s steering controls.

The pilot attempted an emergency landing in Sioux City. The plane crash landed and burst into flames.

Of the 296 passengers on board, 111 people died.

The pilot, Captain Al Haynes still remembers the moment he regained consciousness.

“Waking up in the cockpit, with Dudley on top of me, and this terrible pressure I had on my back. That impressed me. I thought, ‘what is this, where’s this coming from?’ Because, I’m in the air, and the next thing I know I’m on the ground in this mess with him on top of me,” Haynes told KTIV.

Haynes and his three crew members were rescued after the other survivors were pulled from the plane.

Haynes spent three months recovering in the hospital.

Haynes says he still feels guilty about the lives that were lost but some of the 184 survivors give him credit for saving theirs.

Captain Haynes will be among those taking part in a weekend series of memorial events that begin Friday in Sioux City.

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