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The film tells the story prior to the accident LAPA Boeing 737 on 31 August 1999 after hitting an embankment in central Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Directed and performed by a former ... See full summary »

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Alejandro Polledo
Silvina Bosco
Emiliano Fernández
Paulo Brunetti
Sergio Boris
Miguel Dedovich
Pablo Razuk
Marcos Montes
Gustavo Pastorini
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The film tells the story prior to the accident LAPA Boeing 737 on 31 August 1999 after hitting an embankment in central Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Directed and performed by a former pilot of the same company, this film reveals a complex web of complicity between the Air Force and the company to circumvent security controls in order to obtain greater economic benefit in operations.

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From 01:35:50 for about 20 seconds you can see the fateful airplane accelerate down the runway with the flaps completely retracted. This is exactly what happened to the real WRZ flight and caused the takeoff to fail. It is a deadly practice and must have been staged exclusively for that scene to be shot. No doubt the plane deployed the reverse thrusters and brakes to slow down before the end of the runway after the shot ended. See more »

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a powerful and mesmerizing film that must be seen
15 December 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this film at the Bahamas Film Festival and was truly amazed by this film. It is an autobiographical retelling of Enrique Pineyro's (Director/Writer/Lead Actor) real-life experience as a whistle blower against the corrupt corporate and government practices regarding airline safety and regulation in Argentina. It is a brave and extraordinarily powerful story. Pineyro beautifully depicts his love for flying. As a pilot, Pineyro faced unbelievable pressure to perform under duress with poorly functioning planes and an administration more concerned with the bottom line, then the safety of its human cargo. Both lyrical and troubling the film weaves in and out of Pineyro's experience which culminates in the sad aftermath of the famous LAPA plane crash of '99 in Buenos Aires, which Pineyro himself predicted, resulting in the deaths of 37 people. Pineyro's story is fascinating. The cinematography and score is simply captivating, and the performances by all are top notch. His ability as a director and an actor is incredible. I beseech you all to see this film. Bravo Enrique.


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