United Airlines Flight 232 — On July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 encountered engine failure that caused all three of the plane’s hydraulic control systems to fail. An emergency landing was attempted at the airport in Sioux City, Iowa. Lack of functioning controls of the DC-10 resulted in a crash landing, igniting the plane upon initial impact. Of the 296 people aboard, 111 died in the crash as a result of smoke inhalation and/or fatal impact injuries. Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. represented 11 passengers in personal injury and wrongful death litigation involving Flight 232.
A Snapshot of United Airlines
United Air Lines, Inc., (United Airlines) is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and operates major hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, DC, and Chicago. The airline’s beginnings can be traced to Varney Airlines air mail service in the 1920s. The airline was purchased by Boeing Air Transport in 1927, later changing its name to United Aircraft and Transport Corp. (UATC). United Airlines was formed in 1931 to manage the subsidiaries of UATC.
In 2010, United Airlines acquired Continental Airlines. All previous Continental flights now operate under the United Airlines name.
A member of the Star Alliance network, United Airlines offers flight destinations across North America, Central America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. The airline has U.S. alliances with United Express, Great Lakes Aviation, Gulfstream International Airlines, Island Air and Mokulele Airlines. International affiliates include Grupo TACA, Tam Airlines, Virgin Blue and Bulgaria Air. Regional flights are marketed as United Express under a code-share agreement with United Airlines. United Express is operated by Chautauqua Airlines, Colgan Air, GoJet Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Shuttle America, Skywest Airlines and Trans States Airlines.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 3,300 daily flights and serve more than 300 domestic and international destinations. United employs over 80,000 employees in the U.S. and worldwide.
United Airlines Accident and Incident History
The following is a summary of the major accidents and incidents of United Airlines, including those involving United Express:
United Airlines Flight 1028, Dive over Nevada, January 21, 2008
United Airlines Flight 93, near Shanksville, PA, September 11, 2001
United Airlines Flight 175, into World Trade Center, NY, September 11, 2001
United Airlines Flight 81, inflight mishap, LaGuardia to Los Angeles, 1998
United Express Flight 5925, Quincy, IL, November 19, 1996
United Airlines Flight 852, inflight turbulence, Japan to San Francisco, 1992
United Airlines Flight 585, Colorado Springs, CO, March 3, 1991
United Express Flight 2415, Pasco, WA, December 26, 1989
United Airlines Flight 232, Sioux City, IA, July 19, 1989
United Airlines Flight 811, Pacific Ocean, February 24, 1989
United Airlines Flight 173, Portland, OR, December 28, 1978
United Airlines Flight 553, Chicago, IL, December 8, 1972
United Airlines Flight 266, Los Angeles, CA, January 18, 1969
United Airlines Flight 227, Salt Lake City, UT, November 11, 1965
United Airlines Flight 389, Chicago, IL, August 16, 1965
United Airlines Flight 823, Parrottsville, TN, July 9, 1964
United Airlines Flight 297, Elliot, MD, November 23, 1962
United Airlines Flight 859, Denver, CO, July 11, 1961
United Airlines Flight 826, Brooklyn, NY, December 16, 1960
United Airlines Flight 736, Sloan, NV, April 21, 1958
United Airlines Flight 718, Grand Canyon, AZ, June 30, 1956
United Airlines Flight 629, Longmont, CO, November 1, 1955
United Airlines, Flight 409, Centennial, WY, October 6, 1955
United Airlines, Flight 16, Denver, CO, December 4, 1951
United Airlines, Flight 615, Decoto, CA, August 24, 1951
United Airlines, Flight 610, Ft. Collins, CO, June 30, 1951
United Airlines, Flight 129, Fort Wayne, IN, April 28, 1951
United Airlines Accidents and Incidents Handled by Baum Hedlund:
Baum Hedlund has handled some of the largest and worst air tragedies in history, including the following accidents involving United Airlines:
United Airlines Flight 1028, Dive over Nevada, January 21, 2008 (1 passenger represented)
United Airlines Flight 93, near Shanksville, PA, September 11, 2001 (12 passengers represented)
United Airlines Flight 175, into World Trade Center, NY, September 11, 2001 (13 passengers represented)
United Airlines Flight 81, inflight mishap, LaGuardia to Los Angeles, 1998 (1 passenger represented)
United Express Flight 5925, Quincy, IL, November 19, 1996 (1 passenger represented)
United Airlines Flight 852, inflight turbulence, Japan to San Francisco, 1992 (2 passengers represented)
United Airlines Flight 585, Colorado Springs, CO, March 3, 1991 (2 passengers represented)
United Airlines Flight 232, Sioux City, IA, July 19, 1989 (11 passengers represented)
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Commercial Airline Crashes Case History
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