Jerry Schemmel, one of the survivors of UA
232, recently spoke at my church. He does play-by-play for the Denver Nuggets radio broadcasts and therefore must fly all the time. He recently wrote a book, "Chosen to Live," which details his personal story of the events and the aftermath of the crash. You can find it on amazon.com if you're interested.
As for the cause of the crash, NBC constantly states that the cause of the crash was caused by an undetectable (at the time of manufacture) flaw in the metal used to build the engine, the fact that UA
didn't catch the flaw as the engine aged, and a design flaw in the DC-10 that ran all the hydraulic lines close together.
As for the DL MD
-80 accident a previous poster mentioned, that was DL
1288, with the accident occurring July 6, 1996 at PNS
as it was just about to take off for ATL
. The actual aircraft type was an MD
-88 and the accident aircraft registry is N927DA, which killed two and seriously injured two others. The NTSB's investigation placed most of the blame on the maintenance techniques DL
was using to check for metal fatigue in the engine that was manufactured by Pratt and Whitney. DL repaired the aircraft and returned it to service. Here are some samples of the accident aircraft from the database.
[Edited 2004-05-31 20:05:00]