A passenger jet loses a portion of its fuselage in flight over Hawaii and is forced to make an emergency landing.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mimi Tompkins
Bob Schornstheimer
Michelle Honda (as Ana-Alicia)
C.B. Lansing
B.J. Cocker
Ed Meyer, Maui Tower Supervisor
Rick, Maui Tower Operator
Jeff Allin ...
Jeff Thomas
Kathleen Bailey ...
Cindy Thomas
James Grant Benton ...
Ray Bumatai ...
Gilbert Kili Honda
Glenn Cannon ...
Roy Wesler
David S. Cass Sr. ...
Gail Kornberg
Sonny Tompkins


"Miss, what's that?" the kid asked the stewardess, pointing to a small crack that he noticed in celing above him. At that point, the crack widens and the entire roof of the airplane is ripped off. Based on a true story. Written by Kevin Soucy <serpent2@ix.netcom.com>

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11 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aterrizaje milagroso  »

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In real life, an FAA air traffic controller was in the flight deck jumpseat. This was not depicted in the movie. See more »


The blood stains on the man with a piece of plastic stuck on his face change between two continuous shots. See more »


Michelle Honda: Cindy? What are you guys doing here? I thought you were on your honeymoon!
Cindy Thomas: We're on our way home. Jeff has to get back to work and Paradise has me scheduled to fly this weekend.
Michelle Honda: Aw, me too. I've got to fly every weekend this month. So, how was it, guys?
Cindy Thomas: Great!
[Jeff laughs]
Cindy Thomas: But too short. We went to Waipio Valley.
Michelle Honda: Ah! That's just perfect. Isn't that the most beautiful place in the world?
Jeff Thomas: Well, we wouldn't know. We never left the room.
[pause, Jeff and Michelle laugh, Cindy is embarrassed]
Jeff Thomas: Except ...
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An excellent movie about a real life air disaster
12 November 2001 | by (Newark, NJ) – See all my reviews

I wish people would stop writing comments about how stupid or unbelievable the endings to movies like this are. This movie was about a REAL EVENT, and people are writing reviews about how the title gave away the ending, or how there were too many scenes of the pilot getting her hair mussed in the wind. This movie tried, to the best of their ability, to recreate a real disaster. I think that they did an excellent job with this movie. No small detail was left out. They even tried to use, word for word, what was said between the pilots and the air traffic controllers.

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