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Trouble in the Sky (1960)

Cone of Silence (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Thriller | May 1960 (UK)
In Britain, at the dawn of jet-powered commercial aviation, an aircraft manufacturer tries to shift the blame from mechanical failure to pilot error when its newest jet airliner has a series of accidents.

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Capt. Hugh Dallas
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Capt. Clive Judd
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Capt. George Gort
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Charlotte Gort
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Sir Arnold Hobbes
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Capt. Edward Manningham
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Capt. Jock Bateson
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Capt. Braddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Noel Willman ...
Nigel Pickering
Delphi Lawrence ...
Joyce Mitchell
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Mr. Robinson
William Abney ...
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First Officer
Simon Lack ...
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Hedger Wallace ...
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A seasoned pilot is condemned for an error which causes a crash. The pilot later dies in a crash with similar circumstances and an examiner looks for scientific reasons for the crashes. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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Jet crash mystery solved !!! Where does the blame belong ? Is it the plane ? Is is the pilot ? Is it a plot ?

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Drama | Thriller

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Trouble in the Sky  »

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The aircraft featured in the film is an Avro Ashton 3. It was built as a research aircraft and at the time of filming was being employed by Bristol Siddeley Engines (now Rolls Royce) in engine testing. See more »

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based on the story of the Comet, the worlds first Jet Airliner
28 May 2003 | by (Swansea, Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film for years, which is a pity because all i remember are a few powerful scenes thanks to the very impressive cast. Based on true events, but subtly changed to avoid law-suits, its actually a compelling little drama, a shame it hasn't been shown more often. The story on which it is based, the KNOWN Design Flaws in the Comet which were Covered up by the De Havilland company, and the subsequent "sacrifice" of an entire airline and its passengers in Italy, is actually screaming out to be remade! In this case, the truth is far worse than fiction...in the film, decent noble people save the day, in the reality alas...less noble and darker motives won...and people died needlessly. The performances in this little melodrama were so good, i actually remembered this film for at least 25 years...thats when i last saw it i think..well worth catching.


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