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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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Based on a book that claimed to have been a true story. However, it has since emerged that almost no equipment from Flight 401 was salvaged for use in other planes, and no airline personnel ever admitted to having seen the ghost. (In the book, it's claimed that all personnel "spoke under the condition of anonymity" making their stories impossible to verify one way or the other.) Even retired personnel, who have nothing to lose, say there were no sightings. At one point the airline considering suing the publisher, but decided against it as it would create too much publicity. It is now felt that the story is almost completely fabricated and no ghost was ever seen. See more »

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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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A good TV movie that strayed from the facts occasionally
26 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

The true story of an Eastern Airlines L-1011 which crashed in the Everglades while making a long approach on Miami International Airport. It is surmised the pilot while distracted because of nose gear warning, inadvertently disengaged the auto pilot resulting in the plane crashing. Sightings of the dead crew were reported over the next several years by several dozen Eastern employees, who had known them. A true mystery of the supernatural. A film well worth watching.


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