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Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (1995)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Bob Pearson
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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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Storyline

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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20 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Based fairly closely on an actual incident on July 23, 1983, nicknamed the "Gimli Glider". The actual error made in fueling was in converting the fuel volume to weight; this is necessary because the density varies with temperature. The crew used the familiar density number in pounds per litre rather than the correct one for kilograms per litre. See more »

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Prior to the breakdown of flight 174, the altimeter in the cockpit reads 21,960 feet. The next shot shows the ATC radar screen, with the altitude of flight 174 reading 33,500 feet. See more »

Quotes

Pearl Dion: What can go wrong when the airline's top mechanic is sitting in the seat right next to us?
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Great cockpit scenes; too much soap
23 October 2002 | by (Easley, S.C.) – See all my reviews

This was a very watchable film with lots of authentic cockpit time. I've spent lots of hours in jet cockpits and this was more realistic than most. Some criticisms : 1) The Captain (William Devane) and his first officer seemed a little weak on aircraft systems. Sure, this was a new Boeing 767, but most crewmembers I knew had a deep knowledge of every system on the plane, including fuel. There is no flight engineer... the pilots have to know it! 2)This LARGE abandoned airfield just outside Winnipeg was not on ANY chart and NO ONE knew where it was?? I found this hard to believe. 3)The ending didn't cover anything about culpability in this incident. What happened to the numbskulls who mis-fueled the plane in the first scenes? Were they fired or sued? None of them had a clue! And isn't it the Captain's responsibility for taking off with sufficient fuel? I felt they glossed over all the "legal" stuff. Devane was convincing... lots of great one-liners. Great flick.


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