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Tom Hanks Castaway Crash  
User currently offlineAMM744 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 211 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12493 times:

What was the aircraft that crashed in The South Pacific leaving Tom Hanks to spend a great deal of time on his own in Castaway ?

I don't have the film so I can't remember other than it was a FedEx plane.



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User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12403 times:

well.. from memory, I believe he got on an A310.. but when it crashed in the ocean, I remember thinking it was a DC10 or MD11. I saw it twice.. but not recently.

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User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2629 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12274 times:

I seem to remember it as a DC10 or MD11 as well.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12238 times:

Was an MD-11. The winglets were clearly visible, as was the glass cockpit.

N


User currently offlineAMM744 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12217 times:

I'll have to rent out the DVD again, it was a good movie though not one of Hank's best.

I seem to remember that the flying scenes were incredibly realistic.

Thanks Guys


User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12119 times:

Best of all.....it was the first movie where an actual company was used....very good publicity for FedEx (despit the crash).

User currently offlineExpex From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11950 times:

I think FedEx felt redeemed by the fact that the a/c crash didn't seem to be pilot error and/or maintenance issue rather a weather event. Also, look at the care Tom Hanks had for those packages - that is the very epitome of the FedEx culture. It took him a long, long time to open them after trying to scoop them up and watch over them for days. Also, the very fact that Tom Hanks was the 'face of FedEx', a dedicated, hardworking, family oriented, organized person who was obessesed with the who FedEx mantra: time is everything. Great flick, great actor, exceptional company. A winner all around.

Not really a disaster movie but one were real airline names were used. In Close Encounters with Richard Dreyfus pilots at IND are talking to eachother to see if anyone wanted to report a UFO. They all refused. The pilots were from Allegheny and TWA.



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User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11914 times:

I believe that the cockpit was of a 777.

User currently offlineEagleyeFLL From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11842 times:

The crash was an MD-11. The aircraft he flew home on was a Gulfstream 4.Identifiable from the oval windows, interior and shot of the flightdeck.It was in the last 15 min of the film.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11800 times:

>>>Not really a disaster movie but one were real airline names were used. In Close Encounters with Richard Dreyfus pilots at IND are talking to eachother to see if anyone wanted to report a UFO. They all refused. The pilots were from Allegheny and TWA.

Great scene, but one technical gaffe. This supposedly takes place at Indy ARTCC, but you'll notice that they mention restricted area 2508 (R-2508), which is out in California...!


User currently offlineExpex From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11775 times:

Great goof!!! Thanks!


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User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11752 times:

I meant the first movie where a plane crashes and the airline is real!

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11689 times:

I believe that the cockpit was of a 777.

It most definitely wasn't.

It had all 6 CRTs arranged on a single plane.

The 777's LCDs are 5 across with one additional situated below the center MFD.

N


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11659 times:

Yes, it was a DC10 or an MD11. He boarded a bus though.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11606 times:

It was an MD-11 as the cockpit had CRT's. The DC-10 has analog gauges, and the MD-10, although in design at the time, had not flown yet.

I also recall a scene just after he hits the water where you see the tail and the #2 center engine. But how stupid is it where....long after he's in the water, the still running engine tries to 'eat' him......



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User currently offlineMhsieh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11575 times:

MD11 for sure.
In fact, I think it's one of the few air disaster/ airplane movies in which the cockpit is that of the actual aircraft ( and not some fake generic cockpit)ie, the cockpit depicted actually match the aircraft depicted. I think it may have been shot in the actual flight simulator.


User currently offlineSpark From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11531 times:

I think the airplane was probably as realistic as any Hollywood plane, but I did have some problems with the realism. I doubt that a plane could encounter enough weather related turburlance to take down an aircraft at cruise altitude, and Fed Ex almost has the capacity to tell when a driver picks his nose when delivering a package. I would guess that it would be known where the plane went down.

User currently offlineKellmark From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 691 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11464 times:

The still running engine on a DC-10/MD-11 has happened in fact. When the World Airways DC-10 ran off the end of the runway into Boston Harbor in 1981, the cockpit section broke off into the water and one of the problems in evacuating the aircraft was that the #2 engine kept running, making a lot of noise. They couldn't shut it down. So the movie was realistic in that aspect.

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11414 times:

MD-11. No doubt. The Bus he got on probably dropped him off on the west coast and he then boarded the MD-11. Well, hypothetically speaking of course.


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32620 posts, RR: 72
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11329 times:

I doubt that a plane could encounter enough weather related turburlance to take down an aircraft at cruise altitude, and Fed Ex almost has the capacity to tell when a driver picks his nose when delivering a package.

Where the plane crashed is not where Tom Hanks's character remained. He went to an empty island, he didn't stay at the crash site.



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User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11209 times:

Some things to get straight here:

The A310 Tom Hanks boarded was at the very beginning when he flew back to MEM. That flight didn't crash. He spent a couple of days in MEM and then was called to get on another flight, this time, the MD-11, of which it never showed him actually board. The cockpit shown during the crash scene was none other than an MD-11.

The weather did not cause the crash. At the end of the movie, Helen Hunt says something about some type of hazardous cargo caught fire and burst.



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 11156 times:

Awesome movie, loved the cockpit scenes.

Definately an A310 for the first jet scene, note the other Scarebus adjacent to it as they're boarding.

It was the M11 that crashed  Sad Good flightdeck scenes, loved the WX radar touch, even tho it was a nasty weather picture! (to us pilots)

I especially loved the end...when they're at the FedEx Hub in MEM, and you see that huge line of M11/DC10 tails, and those ones taxiing by...oooh bliss!  Big thumbs up

Why is it that pilots always die in movies?  Sad Only one I can think of where they didn't was Airplane...but that's just a comedy lol.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 11124 times:

I havent seen this movie, but it is now on my "to see" list...


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User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 11112 times:
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Boarded an A310, crashed in an MD-11. There.

User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3636 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10969 times:
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Also, they were 200 miles off course as stated when the turbulence first started. The F/O was trying to contact Tahiti Control to give them a position update, but was unable to contact them. That is why they couldn't find him.

About the #2 engine, technically it shouldn't be running. If you look at the speed the fan is spinning, it wouldn't be running since you can see the individual fan blades.


25 AMM744 : You should see it CanadianNorth, very moving film and superbly shot as I remember. I believe it was made by none other than that genius Robert Zemecki
26 N1120A : Well, take a look if there is an FE. If no, then M11. And lets not get into the whole MD10 thing. Ok, nevermind, just look for winglets
27 Solnabo : DC-10/MD-11/ A300 /310 are the best cargo´s to fly. Love the schene when the engine "chased" him in the ocean....scaaryyy!! Michael/SE
28 Elwood64151 : But how stupid is it where....long after he's in the water, the still running engine tries to 'eat' him...... As I recall, it was only a few seconds a
29 FoxBravo : I don't remember details, since it's been a while since I saw the movie, but I seem to remember thinking that the route of flight was a bit unrealisti
30 F9Widebody : I think they were going to SYD, not sure though.
31 DeltaGuy : I believe they deviated because of the WX...listen to what the Capt said, "make your deviation plot left"...they knew, ATC didn't. Not sure why at lea
32 Backfire : Best of all.....it was the first movie where an actual company was used... Probably because FedEx is a freight carrier. Boxes don't stop booking seats
33 VSGirl : I agree, a box is not going to refuse to board the aircraft! I think the way Tom dealt with what happened and how he treated the boxes showed that Fed
34 Godbless : I think to remember that he got on an A310, flew on a 727 and chrashed with an MD-11. But I only saw it once when it still was at the movies. Max
35 EMBQA : The best part of the whole movie.....Hanks line "Tennessee has a pro football team,....and their in Nashville...???"""
36 Post contains images 242 : About the #2 engine, technically it shouldn't be running. If you look at the speed the fan is spinning, it wouldn't be running since you can see the i
37 Kellmark : Regarding the #2 engine issue, here is what the NTSB said in their report of the World Airways accident in Boston Harbor. Note that the entire cockpit
38 DIA : I can't remember. . .if it was an MD-11, why was Tom Hanks aboard? After all, he was a flight engineer if I remember correctly. And I don't think the
39 GroundStop : Dude, Tom Hanks was not a flight engineer. He wasn't deadheading, hell he wasn't even a pilot. He was travelling on COBUS in the passenger area of the
40 DIA : "Dude, Tom Hanks was not a flight engineer." Okay. The movie review I read refered to Tom as the flight engineer. So, if he wasn't. . .then that's fin
41 ScottishLaddie : It was on here over Christmas. I enjoyed watching it. Still unsure about what type of aircraft it was, as I missed the beginning. I turned it on just
42 Embqa : Well I guess we'll all find out in about 20 minutes as Castaway is on ABC right now..........
43 Marcopolo747 : Look at the cockpit windows before he boards the plane. It is an A300-600F.
44 Post contains images Airliner777 : Guys............. IT IS JUST A MOVIE!!!! The name says it all! *Stop fighting over a freaking movie, LOL.
45 PSAjet17 : And it's on ABC tonight (05JAN04). At least here in PHX it is on right now.
46 Warszawa : Its on right now too ( Michigan ). In fact, just finished the airplane crash. Heres what happend: He heads to MEM on an A300/310 ( Cant tell but based
47 Ntspelich : How ironic, it was just on TV tonight. NS
48 TLIMA : Warszawa, WOW! That was a real good description and explanation of the whole situation! Good stuff! I had completely forgotten the movie since I had n
49 GroundStop : "Cumulonimbus clouds ( storm clouds ). Those types of clouds are low-level lying ( 1000-6000 feet tops usually ). " Alright, I will be the first to ad
50 Aussieboggie : FoxBravo: Yup... he is/was on his way to Malaysia. Private conversation with his wife (Helen Hunt) after christmas dinner with relatives comfirmed it.
51 VectorVictor : To segway on Groundstop's post, thunderheads have had recorded tops well over 60,000 feet...especially volitile tornadic storms over the central U.S.
52 Post contains images Brentspeed : Aside from all the obvious errors in the crash sequence, I watched the scene over a few times and noticed that, like a few of you, there were some ver
53 JetService : During the hectic cockpit scene, the pilots clearly state they are at FL350.
54 Thomasphoto60 : I have this on DVD and watch it every so often. Just to follow up with those who pay attentioned to the movie Plane that crashed : MD11 (check the CRT
55 Post contains images Mattbna : WILSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry, had to do it!) "Which one is the jump seat? It had been a while since I've done this..." Matt --
56 SM777 : It was an MD-11 which was shown in the crash, for sure.
57 D-aqui : The film was broadcasted in Germany after X-Mas as well. The crashing plane was a MD-11. However, like in most films with aviation aspects, fiction su
58 Motorhussy : Fantastically terrifying crash sequence anyhow! Shame about the rest of the movie. Imagine a pissed-off airline employee slipping this DVD into the se
59 Spark : I just don't think the movie is realistic, because there is no way he could have survived the crash. I doubt that he would have survived the impact, a
60 Tomgib : I liked Helent Hunt the best....
61 Post contains images PKK : This is the most expensive commercial ever made!!! Even allowing for a bit of artistic license......... Jumpseating to MOW to work with a bunch of Rus
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