In the summer of 1989, United Airlines was running a special: kids flew for a penny, with a paying adult. That drew a larger-than-normal group of kids to Flight 232, from Denver to Chicago on July 19 of that year.
The Badis family was on that flight, too, coming back to Durham from Hawaii. They paid full price for their tickets and that meant young Aaron had a seat of his own that he was buckled into.
That small fact may have been what save him on that day. Well, that and the work of a man he hadn’t seen in the 25 years since that flight.
Their story, in this edition of the Buckley Report.