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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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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 »

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Narrator: Some of those who saw the ghost feared open discussion would jeopardize their jobs...
Narrator: The log books were replaced... access to them was denied by the airline...
Narrator: However, salvaged parts installed in other L-1011's were ordered removed...
Narrator: Since the "soul rescue," which took place in the late winter of 1974 in the New England home of an airline pilot, not a single reappearance of "The Ghost of Flight 401" has been reported.
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What TV either doesn't want to or can't do any more...
24 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...and that's make a quality film just for the small screen with a good cast that people have in their fondest memories decades later. I watched the original broadcast of this film in early 1978 when I was still in college and it really moved me, this friendly ghost of the good natured middle-aged flight officer that got the family he thought he'd never have in mid-life only to have that life taken from him in a crash.

This movie was televised several years later in the late 80's and I watched it again and I was surprised at what I did not notice the first time around in 1978 that I did notice ten years later. So many of the people who initially see the ghost are what we now call flight attendants, but in 1978 they were called stewardesses, and they were all female. Initially the reports of Don Repo's ghost were discounted not only because it was bad for business but because it was the stewardesses - or "stews" as they call them in the film - that were seeing the ghost. There were many comments in the film that would be considered very sexist today about hysterical females, and nobody bats an eye at these statements. Only after some of the male members of the crew see the ghost does anyone start to take this phenomenon seriously. It's just funny how standards evolve over time - in this case attitudes towards women - and you don't really notice until you're plunged back into a time capsule and see how much things have changed.

I'd strongly recommend this one if it ever airs again. It's in the same boat as films like "J.T." (1969), "The Great Houdini" (1976), "Coffee Tea or Me"(1973), "The Ballad of Lizzy Borden" (1975), "The Neon Ceiling" (1970), and "Legend in Granite" (1973), also starring Ernest Borgnine. These are all made for TV films that were popular at the networks after studio films became too expensive to televise and before cable fractured TV audiences. They are as good as or better in quality than many feature films that are released today. Sure, some of them are quite dated in many ways, but that is part of the nostalgia for many of us who remember the original broadcast.


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