Enjoy a selection of reviews on air disaster movies, complete with basic plot summary, pictures, interesting things to notice. The following is sorted by posting date, but if you prefer, you may view a list sorted by movie title.
TV adaptation of the true story of the Gimli Glider: a brand-new Boeing 767 runs out of fuel and must glide to an abandoned airstrip.
If I say “fuel starvation”, you might think it would be unlikely on a commercial aircraft in a developed country. But what if I told you that this happened on a state-of-the-art Boeing 767 on a Canadian airline in 1983? This is the story depicted in Falling from the Sky: Flight 174, also known as Freefall: Flight 174. Continue reading “Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (Movie review)”
True story of the survivors of Air Florida flight 90, a Boeing 737 that crashed into the icy waters of the Potomac shortly after take-off.
As part of my series of reviews on movies based on true air disasters, this is Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac, also known as Florida Flight 90 or simply Flight No. 90, a movie about the crash of an Air Florida jet near the 14th Street Bridge near Washington National Airport on January 13, 1982 Continue reading “Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (Movie review)”
After a mid-air collision, the press quickly blames the controller, but the NTSB investigator discovers faulty equipment may have been responsible.
A mid-air collision is every air traffic controller’s nightmare. And if it happens, the controller may be the first person to be blamed. This is what Blackout Effect is all about. It is a made-for-TV movie first aired on NBC in January 1998 as a “World Premiere Movie” and co-starring Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction) and Charles Martin Smith (The Untouchables). Continue reading “Blackout Effect (Movie review)”
Shortly after take-off, Quest flight 19 is involved in a mid-air collision. Its elevators are jammed and it can only climb…
If you are a fan of air disaster movies like me, you probably noticed some are good, some are goofy. Here is an in-depth analysis of a great air disaster movie where a small prop plane and a heavy airliner collide in mid-air. This made-for-TV movie was first broadcast as a World Premiere Movie on CBS in October 1997. It is inspired by the novel The Glass Cockpit by Robert P. Davis. Continue reading “Final Descent (Movie review)”