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Blackout Effect (1998)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  4 January 1998 (USA)
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There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash,... See full summary »

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Karen
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There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash, is puzzled. On one side, the air traffic controller claims he lost radar contact with the cargo plane shortly before impact, when his screen "blacked out." On the other side, everyone else, including the controller's bosses and the media, put the blame on human error. The truth is soon to be uncovered, as the aging air traffic control facilities are on the verge of failing right in the middle of the busy Thanksgiving season. Written by Sergio Ortega

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In the movie, the NTSB personnel continuously use the expression "black box", even among themselves. This is unlikely for aviation professionals, who would call it a Cockpit voice recorder or a Flight data recorder (depending on which part of the black box it is). See more »

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Not a bad movie, just bad critics.
11 August 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie several times, and think that it is one of the better TV movies out there. No, it's not the best, but it has a good story line that flows quite well. Some things, as stated in a previous review, may not be totally accurate, but pretty much anyone smart enough to notice those technical mistakes should know that made for TV movies don't have a large enough budget to get every little detail correct. I have to say that this is a movie worth watching.


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