The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (Movie review)

This movie depicts the first 48 hours of the hijack of TWA flight 847 through the eyes of the purser, credited for her calm and cooperative attitude.

Uli (Lindsay Wagner), threatened by a hijacker (Eli Danker)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the plane is being hijacked. The Captain has agreed to cooperate with the hijackers and take them wherever they wish to go. So please, for the sake of everyone’s safety, just do exactly as you are told.” How did this happen, and so quickly? How did the lead flight attendant cope with the threat of two terrorists with automatic weapons and hand grenades? And most importantly, how did she manage to keep all but one of her passengers alive? Continue reading “The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (Movie review)”


Airport 1975 (Movie review)

Columbia flight 409, a transcontinental red-eye flight, collides with a light aircraft, leaving no one left to fly and land.

Columbia Airlines Boeing 747

After the movie Airport was thought to be the only one comes a sequel that marks the beginning of the air disaster movie saga. Based on a totally fictional story comes, in 1974, what is meant to become yet another classic: Airport 1975. Continue reading “Airport 1975 (Movie review)”

Final Descent and The Glass Cockpit: movie and book

Comparison between the movie Final Descent and the book it was inspired from, The Glass Cockpit by Robert P. Davis.

ATC Screen showing IA19 and N54V

The book The Glass Cockpit was written by Robert P. Davis and first published in 1991. I first read The Glass Cockpit in 1995 when it was published as a condensed book by Reader’s Digest, here in Australia. The condensed version featured a few great illustrations by artist John Beswick. The Glass Cockpit would later appear as the feature film, Final Descent with the late Robert Urich, Annette O’Toole and John DeLancie. While I have not seen the film (nor own the actual book) I have read the condensed version a couple of times. Here is the synopsis. Continue reading “Final Descent and The Glass Cockpit: movie and book”

Tailspin (Movie review)

True story of KAL flight 007, brought down by a Soviet missile over Sakhalin Island under the assumption it is a hostile U.S. military jet.

Closeup of Boeing 747

Movies based on true stories are always tricky. Sometimes, the true story is used simply as a base, other times the entire movie corresponds to reality, but always, there are some slight modifications due to dramatic purposes. Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy, also known as Coded Hostile, is one of the gems in the field of true air disaster movies Continue reading “Tailspin (Movie review)”

Panic in the Skies! (Movie review)

Royce Air flight 115 is struck by lightning on take-off, instantly killing the entire flight crew and crippling the autopilot…

I have seen up to now nothing but bad comments about the movie I’m about to review. I first read the small summary and it brought my attention. A plane being struck by lightning, leaving the plane pilotless. An unbelievable story. Anyway, I decided I should leave this movie a chance to impress me. And believe me, it did, however not the way they intended to. Here goes Panic in the Skies!.
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