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Final Descent (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 12 October 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)




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 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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Drama | Thriller


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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 »


If '48C had taken off from 9L as it was supposed to, it would be on almost the same course, only displaced to the left by the distance between the runways. If the actual position of '48C following takeoff from 9R created a collision course with Quest 19, then the intended position would still have created a dangerous close approach. Therefore no such order to turn would have been given. See more »


Glen "Lucky" Singer: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the captain speaking. If you look out the left side of the plane, you'll see a military helicopter. Do not be alarmed. I'm going to coordinate an unusual maneuver with this aircraft. I'm going to ask him to create some holes in the tip of our plane, by shooting his guns.
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Followed by Final Run (1999) See more »

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May-day, may-day... this movie sucks!
17 May 2001 | by SchenkOnlineSee all my reviews

The script and the actors are so bad, it's almost comical! The pilot declaring his love for his co-pilot which he kept hidden for too many years, 3 Canadian oilworkers opening a hatch (27.000 ft???) to haul in a waterhose, a chopper shooting at the jammed wings of the plane, etc etc. If you have really really nothing better to do, see it and enjoy a laugh.

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12 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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