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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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Director Enrique Piñeyro, is a real pilot, who used to work in LAPA before leaving the company. The movie shows his struggle to make the company to see what was about to occur if the safety policies weren't revised. He said several times in the movie, and in real life, that a fatal accident was about to happen. His prediction became real in 1999. See more »

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Towards the end of the film, the mishap aircraft is starting its takeoff roll, you can hear the engines spooling up, ie increasing power. The scene then cuts away to the investigator listening to the black box recordings, then back to the aircraft already rolling. In the second sequence with the aircraft, you can again hear the engines spooling up. They should have already been at takeoff power. See more »

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Chilling since it's based on a true situation - highly recommended
10 September 2006 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Although I give the director (and lead actor) Enrique Pineyro some creative license to include a "love interest," this is an engrossing and shocking film that exposes a real airline run by the Argentine air force (LAPA, and thank god they are no longer around) that sacrifices safety in order to save money and look good. The result of their mismanagement and flagrant disregard for safety, maintenance, and their pilots themselves was the fatal crash in 1999 on a street just a few feet from the downtown Buenos Aires airport. Filmed realistically on location, the film tells the story of a "whistle-blower" pilot (played by Pineyro himself, who was actually once a LAPA pilot)who won't compromise on safety but it mortified by what he is told to do and cover up. Pineyro's second film, "Fuerza Aerea S.A." (which I saw yesterday) is a sort of a sequel, but a documentary that deals with the problem of the air force overseeing civil aviation in Argentina. Both films have caused quite a stir and is equally chilling. Last night I read that this is being changed, directly because of Pineyro's film. Both are well worth watching, but unfortunately not released in the US yet. Highly recommended.


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