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The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)

An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair other aircraft. Soon passengers and... See full summary »

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Robert Malcolm Young (teleplay), John G. Fuller (book)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Dom Cimoli
Gary Lockwood ... Jordan Evanhower
Tina Chen ... Val
Kim Basinger ... Prissy Frasier
Tom Clancy Tom Clancy ... Dutch
Howard Hesseman ... Bert Stockwell
Russell Johnson ... Loft
Robert F. Lyons ... Bill Bowdish
Allan Miller ... Les Garrick
Alan Oppenheimer ... Barton
Carol Eve Rossen ... Maria Cimoli (as Carol Rossen)
Eugene Roche ... Andrews
Luis Avalos
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley
Byron Morrow ... Bailey
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Storyline

An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair other aircraft. Soon passengers and crew on those aircraft report seeing what they believe to be the ghost of the wrecked airplane's flight engineer. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Geist von Flug 401 See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a book that claimed to have been a true story. However, it has since emerged that almost no equipment from Flight 401 was salvaged for use in other planes, and no airline personnel ever admitted to having seen the ghost. (In the book, it's claimed that all personnel "spoke under the condition of anonymity" making their stories impossible to verify one way or the other.) Even retired personnel, who have nothing to lose, say there were no sightings. At one point the airline considering suing the publisher, but decided against it as it would create too much publicity. It is now felt that the story is almost completely fabricated and no ghost was ever seen. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Some of those who saw the ghost feared open discussion would jeopardize their jobs...
Narrator: The log books were replaced... access to them was denied by the airline...
Narrator: However, salvaged parts installed in other L-1011's were ordered removed...
Narrator: Since the "soul rescue," which took place in the late winter of 1974 in the New England home of an airline pilot, not a single reappearance of "The Ghost of Flight 401" has been reported.
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Followed by Crash (1978) See more »

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A really intriguing story
10 May 2005 | by Peter MakresSee all my reviews

This very intriguing story about Eastern Airlines flight 401 which crashed in the everglades, is a really good movie that deserves a look for any who have not seen it. I taped it many years ago and occasionally take another look at it, as I did last evening. Apparently this was a made for TV movie, and is not available on DVD. I wish it was! The movie really gives one pause to think about all the things we really don't realize or understand about life and death. It contains a good cast and is acted well. Among the familiar faces are Ernest Borgnine and Russell Johnson of Gilligan's Island fame. If anyone hears of it becoming available, please let me know.


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