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Dr. Gregory Clapper was a professor and an Air National Guard chaplain in 1989 when United Airlines Flight 232 crashed at the Sioux City, Iowa, airport killing 112 passengers. Clapper came to the aid of workers and victims of the tragedy. He is back in Sioux City today for the 25th anniversary of the tragedy. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Dr. Gregory Clapper was a professor and an Air National Guard chaplain in 1989 when United Airlines Flight 232 crashed at the Sioux City, Iowa, airport killing 112 passengers. Clapper came to the aid of workers and victims of the tragedy. He is back in Sioux City today for the 25th anniversary of the tragedy. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


The column of black smoke rose from the Iowa cornfield.

A DC-10 airplane carrying 296 people had crashed near Sioux City. All that remained was a twisted and burning hulk, which had cut a swath of black into the midsummer crops surrounding the city’s airport.

Passengers, some still strapped into their seats, had been thrown from the plane. Many were dead, but some were alive amid the burning fuel and wreckage.

Gregory Clapper rushed to the side of an injured man named Brad, who was hurt but conscious. Together, they prayed.

 

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