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Blackout Effect (1998)

TV-PG | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 4 January 1998
There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash,... See full summary »

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John Dantley
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Henry Drake
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Frank Wyatt
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Karen
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Kim Garfield
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Tim Connors
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Harold
Joe Guzaldo ...
Dan Lafia
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Paul Roth
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Lori
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Stephen Royer
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William Kennedy
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Catherine Parmel
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Brian Mack
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Jim Travis
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There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash, is puzzled. On one side, the air traffic controller claims he lost radar contact with the cargo plane shortly before impact, when his screen "blacked out." On the other side, everyone else, including the controller's bosses and the media, put the blame on human error. The truth is soon to be uncovered, as the aging air traffic control facilities are on the verge of failing right in the middle of the busy Thanksgiving season. Written by Sergio Ortega

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Drama | Thriller

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4 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Global 1025 is said to be a Boeing 757 and its cabin is a 757 cabin, but its cockpit is from a 747 and the black box simulation also illustrates the plane as a 747. See more »

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A poor mans Mission Impossible treatment
2 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

A p***ed off air traffic controller builds a system to control planes in flight. Kind of a poor mans Mission Impossible feel to it at the end.

Maybe it was dull, but it was shown just 3 days before 9/11 WTC crash.

So when I saw the first tower get hit, I thought of this movie, and started thinking of how those planes could have been under remote control.

Smith controls the planes with a dish tied into the FAA's computer. It made me think...could this be possible? New commerical jets are all "fly by wire", computer controlled, where take offs and landings are all done by computer.

Hack in and take over is what stuck in my mind about this movie.


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