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Final Descent (1997)

A commercial pilot is forced to keep a plane aloft that was struck in midair by another plane to keep it from ripping apart even as the fuel is running out and the air and cabin pressure is dropping.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Glen (Lucky) Singer
Connie Phipps
Capt. George W. Bouchard
Duke Houston
Ian Pryce
Jack Eberly
Pilot of Private Plane N9478C
Henry Gibbons
Lt. Col. Frank O'Hearn
Lorraine Landry ...
Jill Zimmer
Carrie Cain-Sparks ...
Crystal Dupree (as Carrie Cain Sparks)
Aaron Joseph ...
Adam Dupree
Louva Meloche ...
Cody Serpa ...

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An airliner collides with a light plane just after takeoff, causing its elevators to jam in the full climb position. It will crash as soon as the fuel runs out, unless some desperate measure succeeds in bringing the nose down. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aircrash - Katastrophe beim Take Off  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John de Lancie plays the co-pilot of the ill-fated plane accidentally hit by a small jet due to a distracted air controller. The actor would later play a distracted air controller who causes two planes to crash in one of the episodes of Breaking Bad (2008). See more »


If '48C had taken off from 9L as it was supposed to, it would be on almost the same course, only displaced to the left by the distance between the runways. If the actual position of '48C following takeoff from 9R created a collision course with Quest 19, then the intended position would still have created a dangerous close approach. Therefore no such order to turn would have been given. See more »


Glen "Lucky" Singer: I don't want to hear any more about the Internet. I HATE the Internet.
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Followed by Final Run (1999) See more »

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Not totally unrealistic
13 August 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was at Townsville airport, in northern Australia one day, watching a pilot conduct the visual inspection of a DC9 (MD80) which he was about to fly to Brisbane. Just before he boarded the plane, he walked up to the front wheel and gave the tyre a lusty kick. So having a scene where the pilot kicks a tyre is no reason to discount the realism of the entire movie............ I have not as yet seen the movie, but I have always been interested in aeroplanes and anything to do with them, which is why I was watching the pilot perform his pre-flight (something which, I have been told by people who work as aircrew, is a normal aviation requirement).

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