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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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Patricia 'Nikki' Felch
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Burt Hamilton
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Joe Stiley
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Roger Olian
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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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When flight 90 is being deiced, the tail of a 727 is shown, which has a T type tail. The 737 has a conventional tail. See more »

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[fatal take-off scene]
Washington Air Traffic Controller: Palm 90, cleared for take-off.
Captain Larry Wheaton: Palm 90, cleared for take-off.
Washington Air Traffic Controller: No delay on departure if you will. Traffic's two and a half out for the runway.
Captain Larry Wheaton: Okay.
First Officer Roger Pettit: [referring to the engine gauges] God! Look at that thing. That doesn't seem right does it? Ah, that's not right!
Captain Larry Wheaton: Yeah it is.
[referring to the airspeed indicator]
Captain Larry Wheaton: There's 80.
First Officer Roger Pettit: Nah, I don't think that's right.
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Edited from Lost Flight (1970) See more »

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chilling and somewhat realistic
16 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this when it first aired. I thought it would be another junk TV movie, but it was a little above average. I recall thinking how cold that water must have been for the survivors and if I could withstand it. I got a chill in the beginning right before the plane went down. The pilot said to the co-pilot something like,"Were going down", and the response was ,"I know it." Heres another movie that should be on DVD. This is TV queen Dinah Manoff at her finest.They used real footage of the plane crash inter-cut with the movie. I'd like to see it again. Maybe it will pop up on a cable channel. These old 80s TV movies are hard to come by.


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