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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Aviator can be found here.
Yes, the movie is based on the life of the eccentric and extremely wealthy Howard Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), whose roles as an aviator and film maker are spotlighted.
He never intended to land because there was nowhere safe for landing. He wanted to climb that's why he left the power on. That and it's been thought that the rear prop on the right engine went into reverse pitch, which didn't just mess up the power, it actually completely changed the plane's handling characteristics and negated all of the thrust from that engine. Imagine if you were running and your right foot started trying to walk backwards?
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