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Final Descent (1997)

A commercial pilot is forced to keep a plane aloft that was struck in midair by another plane to keep it from ripping apart even as the fuel is running out and the air and cabin pressure is dropping.


Mike Robe


Robert P. Davis (book), Roger Young (teleplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Capt. Glen (Lucky) Singer
Annette O'Toole ... Connie Phipps
John de Lancie ... Capt. George W. Bouchard
Jim Byrnes ... Duke Houston
Ken Pogue ... Ian Pryce
Blu Mankuma ... Jack Eberly
Tom McBeath ... Pilot of Private Plane N9478C
Kevin McNulty ... Henry Gibbons
Stephen E. Miller ... Lt. Col. Frank O'Hearn
Gwynyth Walsh ... Patty
Lorraine Landry Lorraine Landry ... Jill Zimmer
Carrie Cain-Sparks ... Crystal Dupree (as Carrie Cain Sparks)
Aaron Joseph Aaron Joseph ... Adam Dupree
Louva Meloche Louva Meloche ... Tasha
Cody Serpa Cody Serpa ... Freddie


An airliner collides with a light plane just after takeoff, causing its elevators to jam in the full climb position. It will crash as soon as the fuel runs out, unless some desperate measure succeeds in bringing the nose down. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aircrash - Katastrophe beim Take Off See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John de Lancie plays the co-pilot of the ill-fated plane accidentally hit by a small jet due to a distracted air controller. The actor would later play a distracted air controller who causes two planes to crash in one of the episodes of Breaking Bad (2008). See more »


There is no way the AH-64 Apache helicopter would be able to keep up with the jet, it would also be severely limited due to the altitude, helicopters can not operate well at altitude. See more »


Glen "Lucky" Singer: I'm going to the washroom
[Leaves the cockpit]
Capt. George W. Bouchard: [Watches Lucky leave, before turning to face Connie] Well, his kidneys are working - gives me hope for his brain!
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Followed by Final Run (1999) See more »

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The Greatest Comedy Drama Ever!
26 April 2002 | by jwinters-2See all my reviews

You've got to watch this movie! It is so bad it actually is great.

You've got your crazy but gutsy captain who of course is having an affair with his worn out used to be gorgeous copilot. And of course the mid air collision occurs when the captain's enemy and rivalis along for the ride to geYou've got your ex Vietnam Vet who is can't handle the pressure of another mid air collision and crash landing. Then you've got your old crazy Army Air corp buddy who is flying the chase plane and trying to well I can't tell you what he's trying to do. The plane keeps going up, up and well and then you've got your greedy and immoral corporate engineer and then you've got your Ice Station Zebra cold and then Lucky saves the bad guy from drowing so they can land the plane! aND IT DOESN'T END --- IT JUST GOES ON AND ON! You've got to watch this. It's great! YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! DID THEY ACTUALLY SHOW THIS ON COMMERCIAL TELEVISION AND HOW IT WAS EVER SHOWN ON CABLE.

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