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On July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 suffered a “catastrophic failure” failure on its No.2 tail-mounted engine (United Airlines Flight 232 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, n.d). It was later determined that, during cruise flight, there was Stage 1 fan rotor assembly parts that led to a “separation, fragmentation, and forceful discharge” of such parts from the No.2 engine (United Airlines Flight 232 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, n.d). As a result, the engine failed and ultimately this breakdown led to the subsequent loss of the “three hydraulic systems” which powered the airplane’s “flight controls” (United Airlines Flight 232 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, n.d). Since the pilots were unable to control theflight, their only alternative was to try and land the aircraft at the nearest airport. Unfortunately, US Flight 232 came down. Of the 296 crew and passengers, one-hundred and eleven perished (United Airlines Flight 232 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, n.d).

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