One of a series of two-hour made-for-TV movies that feature most of the main cast (and some recurring cast members) of "Emergency!" after its run as a regular series. In this outing, an ill-fated DC-8 crashes down on a Los Angeles subdivision after a mid-air collision with a small plane (which lands in the LA River). Our heroes Gage and DeSoto are trapped while treating a young girl at her house; meanwhile, Squad 51 gets clobbered by one of the DC-8's engines! Written by
Jason R. DeCesare
Did You Know?
The filming location (Compton, California) was owned by the Compton Community Redevelopment Agency. The Agency wanted to demolish the buildings on the site to make way for redevelopment; the filmmakers wanted to burn some buildings and create explosions. So in exchange for demolishing the buildings, paying a small business license fee, and hiring extra police and firefighters, the Emergency filmmakers were allowed to use the site. (Reference: "Plane Crash, Explosion Startle Compton Residents - But It Was All Just for Play," by Tom Gorman, October 6, 1977, Los Angeles Times, Southeast Edition, page 2.) See more
When Engine 60 arrives at the prop-jet crash in the basin, Captain Stone exits the engine to retrieve gear from the side compartment, then walks through ankle deep water to reach the crash scene. At the arrival time of Engine 60 as Captain Stone exits the rig, his boots and bottom half of pants are already wet, signifying that this was a 2nd. or 3rd. take in filming. Had it been the 1st. take and in real conditions, his boots and pants would have been dry. See more