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The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)

An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair other aircraft. Soon passengers and... See full summary »


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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Evanhower
Tom Clancy ...
Bert Stockwell
Bill Bowdish
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Carol Eve Rossen ...
Maria Cimoli (as Carol Rossen)
Ted Hartley


An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair other aircraft. Soon passengers and crew on those aircraft report seeing what they believe to be the ghost of the wrecked airplane's flight engineer. Written by Anonymous

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18 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Der Geist von Flug 401  »

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The L1011 used by APA International Air in the Dominican Republic had some of the parts recovered from the Eastern plane. Reports of sightings of the captains Ghost were submitted by various personnel on the plane in various occasions. See more »


Narrator: In the last hours of December 29, 1972, a jetliner with 163 passengers and thirteen crew members crashed in the Everglades just outside of Miami...
Narrator: This is the true story of that crash, and of the legend that grew up about the incredible aftermath.
Narrator: Throughout the aviation world, it is still spoken of as the "Ghost of Flight 401."
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Would the powers that be please consider making this movie available???
15 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have not seen this movie in ages but continually search for it's availability. After reading some previous comments I felt compelled to add my 2 cents. My dad was a captain with EAL (for 36 years) during this incident and also flew the 1011. I was in 8th grade at the time and was extremely fascinated with the whole experience. I still am and have the copy from EAL's Falcon issue containing the initial report. Our family was huddled around the t.v. when this movie aired. We also saw the "Crash of flight 401", which oddly enough I have been able to find a copy of on VHS. We always felt the "Ghost" was the real meat of the story and what took this beyond your average tragic crash. My dad had to admit that many of the claims and events were truthful, but we could never get him to admit that he believed the ghost aspect could be reality. He did however have to deal with the claims and fears of crew members/stewardesses. I recall many instances he sighted which showed an overall uneasiness (amongst passengers and crew members) for quite a time to come. I would really love to see this movie reprinted.

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