25 Years After Horrific Crash, Memories Surface And Crusades Continue

July 18, 2014 4:00 AM

25 Years After Horrific Crash, Memories Surface And Crusades Continue
Written by Tim Skillern for CBSDenver

" DENVER (CBS4) - A quarter-century after an airplane’s crash into an Iowa cornfield killed 111 passengers, one crew member continues to push for children’s safety aboard flights.

United Airlines flight 232 left Denver’s Stapleton International Airport on July 19, 1989, bound for Chicago when engine trouble forced pilots to crash-land the DC-10 at Sioux City’s airport. Of 296 aboard, 185 survived.

Smoke billows from the fuselage. (credit: CBS)

One passenger and two crew members spoke to CBS4 recently about their experiences and memories and how one passenger’s death triggered a campaign for safety.

Here are their stories.

For Jerry Schemmel and his boss, Jay Ramsdell, bad luck struck early in the day. The pair was scheduled to leave Denver’s Stapleton Airport on a 7 a.m. flight, but they were bumped and placed on standby for four flights.

They were the last to board flight 232.

Flight attendant Susan Callender (whose name was Susan White at the time) escorted them down the jetway "

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