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Ground Control (1998)

A disgraced former air traffic controller is called back into service when the airport's traffic control system malfunctions.

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Chicago air traffic controller Jack Harris is a wreck with guilt nightmares after a major airplane crash that killed all 174 aboard. He gives up the job and designs air traffic control games in Phoenix. Five years later, his ex-colleague T.C. Bryant, also transferred to Phoenix, desperately asks him to help out short-term, given desperate staff shortage on New Year's Eve with a bad storm predicted. A power outage hits, and the storm has caused their workload to multiply. Colleagues welcome him in very different states of mind but he quickly proves his capabilities, alas then the fatal memories start creeping up again: will his lack of self-confidence cause another drama? Written by KGF Vissers / DA77

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No Radar. No Contact. No Control.


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This movie features several actors who had main roles on long running TV shows: Kiefer Sutherland (24), Michael Gross (Family Ties), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Robert Sean Leonard (House, M.D.), and Bruce McGill (Rizzoli & Isles). Margaret Cho was the star of the short lived All-American Girl, while Kristy Swanson starred in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was turned into a TV series, but she didn't reprise the role for it. See more »

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When the incoming jet loses power to its radios the pilots then use their cell phones to contact the tower. However, cell phones do NOT work in airliners cruising at altitude. Even if they are very low the speed of the jet means that the cell phone can not connect because it will be passing through the individual cell towers so quickly that they will not even have time for the electronic "handshake" that is required to pass the cellphone signal from one tower to the next. Also the aluminum aircraft acts as a Faraday shield so any cell phone signal would be greatly attenuated. The only way cell phones can work is in some of the newer airliners when the airplane itself essentially has a "cell tower" which can then relay the signals to a satellite and then to the ground. See more »

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Title Card: On an average day above the United States, over 200,000 aircraft carry more than 2,000,000 people guided by less than 3,000 air traffic controllers.
Title Card: "My biggest fear? When you've done all you can do and you still have to listen as the image disappears from your screen." - Air Traffic Controller, Los Angeles En Route Center
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Not Bad.
7 February 2004 | by (Ashland, KY) – See all my reviews

As an aviation buff I was really excited to see this movie. Although there were a few inaccuracies (such as planes changing models and such), it really wasnt a bad film. I could really identify with the characters and you could really care or hate them. Overall I'd give this movie an 8/10.

PS: To all the people who posted about the "real" crash footage....it was from Delta Flight 191 and it was an L1011 that crashed at Dallas in 85. United 232 was a DC-10 and it crashed in Sioux City Iowa in 1989.


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