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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.

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

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In real life Pearson did not return to the smoky cockpit alone, requiring Quintal and Dion to rescue him. He and Quintal returned together, did what they could, and left the airplane by the forward slide. See more »

Goofs

As the aircraft makes its final descent into Gimli, there are several shots of the altimeter unwinding. Descending through 1000 feet, the pressure subscale is set to 1013 millibars (29.92 inches). Inexplicably in the next shot, it shows 997 millibars. Changing the altimeter this much would change the height reading by 480 feet. See more »

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[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.
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Trying the impossible ...............
10 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the grabber opening in a flight simulator, till the electrifying landing, William Devane and his flight crew are trying the impossible. Never before had a jumbo commercial aircraft been landed from a free fall. While the passenger's personal dramas may seem overdone, everything about the impending disaster is tense and realistic. There are even a few moments of sharp humor to interrupt the extreme anxiety. William Devane carries "Freefall : Flight 174" to greatness with a terrific performance as the cool headed captain. If you enjoy realistic disaster films, this is a must see, and I guarantee you will be cheering at the end. - MERK


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