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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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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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Some close-up shots of the parked Boeing 737 in Miami show its registration as being N81AF. The real registration of the aircraft was N62AF, accurately depicted in the flight deck. 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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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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