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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 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

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Release Date:

20 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freefall: Flight 174  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real "Gimli Glider" - a Boeing 767-233 with registration C-GAUN - left the airstrip by its own power a couple of days after the incident, where it continued to fly for Air Canada until January 2008, when it was flown to Mojave Airport in California and used for spare parts. See more »


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 »


Larry Roberts: [over the PA] Uh, would the cabin crew please report to the forward galley?
Phil Lyons: [raising his glass] Here's to accurate dental records.
Bob Rand: [stopping flight attendant Florence on her way to the front] Hey! What the hell is going on?
Florence Bisaillon: Uh, routine, Sir. Just routine for us to meet on long flights, to check the liquor inventory...
Bob Rand: Don't give me that bull. I'm a paying customer. I pay your damn wages. Now, what's going on?
Florence Bisaillon: If you *must* swear, could you keep your voice down?
[keeps walking]
Bob Rand: Hey! Hey! Hey!
Phil Lyons: I knew...
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Would like to own a copy in VHS to view in the USA
29 January 2002 | by (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

I happened along this movie quite by accident. William Devane does an excellent job portraying an airline captain in charge of a doomed flight. The film was exhausting to watch. I felt like I was there in the cockpit helping Mr. Devane myself. I have tried for years to find a copy of this tape. Not until late last year was it available on VHS in the UK. I ordered the tape immediately. When the tape arrived, I was devastated to find out the VHS tapes sold in England and many other European countries are made on a different standard than ours here in the USA. I have the film on VHS in PAL standard but need it in NTSC or SECAM standard, whichever works in the US. I have been unable to get any help on this. I would very much like a copy of this film if anyone has any ideas.

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