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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984)

On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., resulting in 78 fatalities.


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Credited cast:
Jeannetta Arnette ... Patricia 'Nikki' Felch
Barry Corbin ... Burt Hamilton
Stephen Macht ... Joe Stiley
Dinah Manoff ... Priscilla Tirado
Richard Masur ... Roger Olian
Donnelly Rhodes ... Arland Williams
Jamie Rose ... Marilyn Nichols
Richard Beauchamp Richard Beauchamp ... Jose Tirado
K Callan ... Barbara Hamilton
Jane Kaczmarek ... Donna Olian
Kerrie Keane ... Carole Biggs
Ken Olin ... David Frank
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Captain Larry Wheaton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Abatemarco ... Dishevelled Man
Richard Backus ... Larry Nichols
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On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., resulting in 78 fatalities.

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THE TAKEOFF In a blinding snowstorm. THE CRASH On a bridge stalled with traffic. THE RESCUE That came too late. [Video] See more »




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Did You Know?


The film takes place on January 13, 1982. See more »


When car passenger sees the plane approaching the bridge before the crash, it shows a DC-9 Style Aircraft, with no wing mounted engines and a large tail Horizontal Stabilizer, it is not a 737, the actual type of plane that crashed. See more »


[referring to Nikki's blue swimsuit]
David Frank: The rising executive's all-purpose wardrobe. Ideal for staff meetings, impressing the clients...
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Edited from Lost Flight (1970) See more »

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"Be careful when you aboard a frozen airplane...."
1 March 2001 | by timoteo-1See all my reviews

A good reenactment of the facts of Jan.13th 1982, when AF90 sunk in the freezy Potomac river. How can an air crash change the vision of the survivors about life? We can see in this picture the workers, stewardesses, pilots and passengers amidst a strong snow storm, and the worry of some of them ,specially Joe Stiley(Stephen Macht) about the ice in the wings,and when he asks about it, nobody answers. The actitude of some survivors, as Arland Williams(Donnely Rhodes) is enough to make you understand the meaning of life in a critic situation. I think this is one of the most dramatic scenes of the movie. We see also the drama behind the rescue workers in the helicopter and the efforts to save these shocked people of a frozen river. And the special effects, in the moment when airplane starts to stall and everything falls from the roof of the plane, the safety position of Joe, Nikki Felch, Bert Hamilton and Kelly Duncan( a great play of Kathleen Wilhoite as the youngest stewardess)

This picture shows us an important lesson: You must be very crazy to aboard an airplane in a snow storm, unless you are sure you won't end your flight in an ice trap.

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Release Date:

1 April 1984 (USA) See more »

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Flight No. 90 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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