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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  1 April 1984 (USA)
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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,... 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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Arland Williams
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Marilyn 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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Donna Olian: [answers the phone at work] Naval recruitment?
Roger Olian: Welfare. Go home.
Donna Olian: [smiles] Is that an order?
Roger Olian: Yeah, because if you don't get moving out, the way it's coming down, you may get snowed in.
Donna Olian: And saved by 200 able-bodied seamen?
Roger Olian: Of course, if that appeals to you.
Donna Olian: [chuckles] I'm on my way. What about you?
Roger Olian: First, I've got to exercise.
Donna Olian: [rolls her eyes] Goodbye, Roger.
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"Be careful when you aboard a frozen airplane...."
1 March 2001 | by (Antofagasta, Chile) – See all my reviews

A good reenactment of the facts of Jan.13th 1982, when AF90 sunk in the freezy Potomac river. How can an air crash change the vision of the survivors about life? We can see in this picture the workers, stewardesses, pilots and passengers amidst a strong snow storm, and the worry of some of them ,specially Joe Stiley(Stephen Macht) about the ice in the wings,and when he asks about it, nobody answers. The actitude of some survivors, as Arland Williams(Donnely Rhodes) is enough to make you understand the meaning of life in a critic situation. I think this is one of the most dramatic scenes of the movie. We see also the drama behind the rescue workers in the helicopter and the efforts to save these shocked people of a frozen river. And the special effects, in the moment when airplane starts to stall and everything falls from the roof of the plane, the safety position of Joe, Nikki Felch, Bert Hamilton and Kelly Duncan( a great play of Kathleen Wilhoite as the youngest stewardess)

This picture shows us an important lesson: You must be very crazy to aboard an airplane in a snow storm, unless you are sure you won't end your flight in an ice trap.


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