South Coastal Airlines Flight 214, a DC-4 carrying 16 souls and a valuable cargo of frozen seafood, departs uneventfully from Miami International Airport one evening, bound nonstop through the stormy night for Idlewild Airport in New York City. Shortly after takeoff, Air Traffic Control loses all communication with the airplane. Then Flight 214 disappears from their radar scopes. Everyone assumes the plane has crashed or ditched in the ocean, and air/sea rescue is dispatched. We see how the plane's disappearance is received by people on the ground, including: the pilot's brother, a young airline operations officer; the pilot's girlfriend and the other man she is seeing, a hard-drinking newspaper reporter hungry for a story; a callous airline executive, seemingly more concerned about the cargo than the passengers; the pilot's ex-wife, a lounge singer, and her unscrupulous agent; the parents of a newlywed couple returning from their honeymoon in Miami Beach; a kind-hearted champion ... Written by
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