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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984)

Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac is a true story based on the crash of Air Florida flight 90 on January 13, 1982 in Washington D.C. This movie follows the main players throughout the day,... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Patricia 'Nikki' Felch
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Burt Hamilton
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Joe Stiley
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Priscilla Tirado
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Roger Olian
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Arland Williams
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Marilyn Nichols
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Jose Tirado
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Donna Olian
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Carole Biggs
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David Frank
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Captain Larry Wheaton
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Larry Nichols
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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac is a true story based on the crash of Air Florida flight 90 on January 13, 1982 in Washington D.C. This movie follows the main players throughout the day, with a lot of care taken to re-create what actually went wrong, who died, and who survived. There is a lot of actual footage from the day, as well as accurate representations of aircraft type and airline. Written by Trent Nickson <callisto@zip.com.au>

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Incorporated original television footage of the survivors as they clung to wreckage and chunks of ice in the freezing water of the Potomac. See more »

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Air Florida flight 90 is a Boeing 737 throughout the movie, but the scene right before the impact shows instead a McDonnell Douglas DC-9. See more »

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Marilyn Nichols: [referring to Priscilla's baby] How old is he?
Priscilla Tirado: Nine weeks.
Marilyn Nichols: He's beautiful! Give me a call if you need anything.
Jose Tirado: Okay.
Priscilla Tirado: Thanks.
Jose Tirado: [after Marilyn leaves] Nice person.
Priscilla Tirado: I bet she's pregnant. Or hope she is.
Jose Tirado: And how do you know that?
Priscilla Tirado: Just do. When you've been a mother as long as I have, you just know these things!
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Edited from Lost Flight (1970) See more »

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A Moment In Time
22 February 2005 | by (PALM BEACH, FLORIDA) – See all my reviews

I was scheduled to be on this exact flight, returning to Florida from Washington after doing some military research at the Pentagon, however due to a family health problem canceled out two days before ...

Have thought of this moment many, many times over these last now 25+ years in wondering " what if " ...

This docudrama sets out the most important facts of that horrible day in very close detail ... It may possibly have been better, however it does tell the true story ...

The major miracle is that there were 5 survivors and even more most heroic men and women who took it upon themselves to throw themselves into this unbelievable rescue operation ... They are the real and true heroes of that day ...


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