Jay is ordered to fly Cessna flight 30771 from the States to Sydney, with stopovers at Honolulu, Pago Pago and Norfolk Island. He's joined by Frank, who flies another Cessna. Frank crashes while taking off at Pago Pago, so Jay has to find Norfolk Island on his own. He gets lost and almost runs out of fuel. He contacts Gordon Vette by accident, the pilot of the ANZ 308, a plane with 88 passengers on board. He and his crew are the only ones who can save Jay. But to save him, they first have to find him...
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The Flight Engineer of the DC-10 jet later lost his life in an aircraft accident on a tourist sight-seeing flight in Antarctica. Captain Gordon Vette (the captain of this search flight) wrote a book about his colleague's death entitled "Impact Erebus", published in 1983 See more
When the sunset check is done by Jay in the aircraft and Auckland Center members outside the tower, they don't take into account the altitude/elevation of the aircraft and the ATC members. The aircraft appears to be less than than 100' above the water while the ATC members are at some undetermined height (looking from a railing part way up the control tower). Not checking beforehand could induce a significant error when the time was checked. See more
771, this is 308. What are your vital statistics?
I've gotten down to take a look at the ocean. Fuel gauge is low. Airspeed 110 knots. All I can see is... water and sky. I've been up there for 14 hours. Everything is starting to look the same.
Hang in there, 771. We're going to find you. Just call us on 121.5 every two minutes so we can determine whether we're within 200 miles of each other.
Will do, thanks. Listen, 308? You're not really out there for search and rescue, aren't you? I mean... no ...