23 user 2 critic

Freefall: Flight 174 (1995)

Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (original title)
True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight and forced to glide to the nearest airfield.



(book), (book) | 1 more credit »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A disgraced former air traffic controller is called back into service when the airport's traffic control system malfunctions.

Director: Richard Howard
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Sean Leonard, Bruce McGill
Miracle Landing (TV Movie 1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Connie Sellecca, Wayne Rogers, Ana Alicia
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director: Stuart Baird
Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal
Dreamcatcher (2003)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee
Eraser (1996)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis
Stars: Jeannetta Arnette, Barry Corbin, Stephen Macht
Bullitt (1968)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn
Flight 1942 (Video 2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

On a journey that will change their lives forever, the passengers aboard Flight 42 are forced to fight in one of the greatest battles in history, World War Two. Trouble is, this is one ... See full summary »

Director: Emile Edwin Smith
Stars: Alberto Barros Jr., Adam Blake, David Campfield
Skyjacked (1972)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Charlton Heston, James Brolin, Yvette Mimieux
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The captain of a crippled jet steers toward tri-state rescue-team experts waiting in Sioux City, Iowa.

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Richard Thomas
Airspeed (1999)
Adventure | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

After lightening strikes Flight 109, the only chance for survival is a young girl.

Director: Robert Tinnell
Stars: Elisha Cuthbert, Bronwen Booth, Joe Mantegna
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Colonel Pete Moore is commander of the Whitney Radar Test Group, which has been experiencing electrical difficulties aboard its aircraft. To ferret out the problem, he sends a four-man crew... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor
Stars: Glenn Ford, Bradford Dillman, David Soul


Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Bob Pearson
Scott Hylands ...
Maurice Quintal
Lynn Brown
Larry Roberts
Pearl Dion
Gloria Carlin ...
Florence Bisaillon
Al Williams
Winston Rekert ...
Rick Dion
Beth Pearson
Phil Lyons
Bob Rand (as Philip Hayes)
Frank Farr
Sheelah Megill ...
Mrs. Hebert
Len Daniels


It's the summer of 1982. Canada World Airways' brand-new Boeing 767 leaves Montreal bound for Edmonton. When the plane reaches its cruise altitude, the impossible happens: the plane runs out of fuel, due to a miscalculation by the ground staff in Montreal. Captain Bob Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal face a potentially deadly disaster in this true story, as the 767, with about 60 souls on board, slowly falls from the sky. Written by Sergio Ortega

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »





Release Date:

20 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freefall: Flight 174  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


After leaving Montreal, the real flight made a stop in Ottawa. See more »


The story takes place in July but the character's clothing is warm and the actors' breath is sometimes visible, indicating weather way too cold to be in the middle of the summer. See more »


[after the two pilots crash in the simulator]
Simulator pilot: Is this some kind of joke? There's no way to land that aircraft the way you guys got it programmed!
Simulator co-pilot: Dumb scenario if you ask me! Impossible set of conditions! Who ever dreamed that up?
Inspector: It isn't a dream. It happened.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Entertaining, if taken for what it is -- with some flaws
19 June 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I've read the other reviews posted so far and I pretty much agree. It is what it is -- and as a "based on a true story" plane crash TV-movie it was entertaining, at least as a late, late night cable TV offering.

And I gotta agree with some of the other comments about a few of the shortcomings -- and maybe add a couple more.

Why did the captain run back into the smoking cockpit?!? I think they either needed to have him explain himself -- OR, have someone else say, "Gee, that was dumb."

They could have done away with the little inner dialogues each passenger had in the moments before the plane attempted to land. That was just goofy.

And what was the deal with the kid on the bike on the runway?!? Chaos reigns as cars zoom to get off the runway and then a guy runs alongside the pavement yelling at the kid to get off the runway -- and the kid inexplicably looks at the guy with a weird expression that's a combination of confusion, fright, and "I ate something sour"... And they cut back and forth between the two about four times without ever conveying why the kid wasn't getting off the runway like the guy was adamantly yelling at him to do...

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Reveiwer know it all foxmulder2411
Movie - Falling from the Sky - Flight 174 svige
What was the deal with the two young twenty-something's? tkropli
Discuss Freefall: Flight 174 (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: