A Thousand Heroes (Movie review)

True story of United flight 232 that crash landed in Sioux City, a city that happened to be fully prepared for any disaster.

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Airplane crash drill, with burning school bus posing as wreckage

This is the story of a city fully prepared for any disaster, a commercial airliner which lost all hydraulic systems, an experienced Captain, with almost 300 people on board… brought together on a beautiful day, July 19, 1989. This is A Thousand Heroes, also known as Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232. Continue reading “A Thousand Heroes (Movie review)”

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)”

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)”

Miracle Landing (Movie review)

After reaching cruising altitude, a small crack in the roof of the 737 developed into an crippling 18-foot hole. Based on Aloha flight 243.

Boeing 737-200… minus 18 ft. of fuselage

The disaster that occurred on April 28, 1988 is quite memorable. An Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 lost an 18 ft. section of its fuselage at 24,000 feet, due to metal fatigue. Miraculously, only one occupant, a flight attendant, perished during the sudden decompression. With an aircraft getting more and more difficult to control, one engine out of two working, and an aircraft that could fall apart any minute, the cockpit crew does the impossible: a Miracle Landing. Continue reading “Miracle Landing (Movie review)”

Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (Movie review)

An instrument malfunction leaves a Cessna pilot lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Only the Captain of a nearby airliner can save him.

Jay (Scott Bakula), realizing he is lost

Imagine you’ve been flying for over 14 hours non-stop over the Pacific Ocean. You see nothing but the ocean around you. You try to contact your destination airport but get no answer. You then realize you are lost in the middle of nowhere… on a Cessna airplane. Your only hope is for the Captain of a commercial flight nearby (or believed to be) to help you. This is what the made-for-TV movie Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771, based on a true story, is all about. Continue reading “Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (Movie review)”