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Blackout Effect (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  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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Henry Drake
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Frank Wyatt
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Kim Garfield
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William Kennedy
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Catherine Parmel
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Jim Travis
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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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Good time filler
6 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this one night when it appeared on TV and really enjoyed it. The storyline involves a air traffic controllers screen blanking out for three seconds causing two planes to crash. The authorities try to use the controller as their scapegoat and are prepared to let him take the rap. The crash investigator on the case notices some evidence is not what appears at first glance and decides to dig deeper uncovering some surprising results. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the viewer interested and the storyline raises it above par for a TV movie. The acting is very good and characters like team friends in the air traffic control room dominate a lot of the film. Ending up more like a whodunit/mystery than suspense but the finale is worth waiting for and you will be rooting for poor Henry, the air traffic controller.


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