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Mon Sep 10, 2001 5:44 pm

Last night I saw one of the most pathetic movies involving aviation, "Turbulence".
The first thing I noticed which was bad was that they had a 742 on route from the East coast to the West coast with only 11 passengers (Talk about a non revenue flight). Then 2 of those passengers were criminals being transported on a commercial jet with passengers onboard and then there were also 4 security guards onboard. Two for each criminal. Then the cockpit was not a 742 because there was no Flight Engineer. There were only two pilots so I figured that it must have been a 744. The floors and the main set of stairs leading up to the second floor was made out of wood. I am no expert within aviation safety but I don't think that you are allowed to have that much wood onboard the aircraft and then also have christmas ornaments. Then when the first officer had set the autopilot to cruise because he wanted to go back and see what was going on the plane made a sudden dive (while on autopilot) so that the FO hit his head on the panel and died.
Later during the storm the aircraft made a 180 degree roll so that the a/c was flying inverted. Then it rolled back to its normal flight direction (There was also no damage done to the a/c while flying inverted). I also don't think that those types of storms exist at 33,000 feet.
During the autoland process the nose gear tore right though a rooftop made out of concreat without becoming damaged. Then the MLG touched down on top of a car park and brought down a couple of cars without changing any speed or altitude of the aircraft. One of the MLG also had a car stuck on it. Then the flight attended controlled the a/c so that it did a autoland.
I also don't understand why in most of the aviation related movies a 747 is flown. Especially in this movie.

Talk about science fiction!

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RE: "Turbulence"

Tue Sep 11, 2001 2:16 am

Science fiction, yes. Funny as hell, you bet! The movie cracks me up.

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RE: "Turbulence"

Tue Sep 11, 2001 2:49 am

I went with a friend (also aviation enthusiast) to the cinema to see this movie some years ago...

They nearly through us out of the theater as we could not stop laughing all the time. As you said: Pathetic.

But there are still some more, and even more pathetic films around, but I can't remember their titles now.

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RE: "Turbulence"

Tue Sep 11, 2001 2:55 am

What about that: a car was stuck on the main landing gear and they said that the car's weight was pulling an empty aircraft down!!!!!!!Is this possible???

Yes, I don't think that a christmas tree between the aisle and the galley is allowed.

RE: "Turbulence"

Tue Sep 11, 2001 5:22 am

Wait until you see Turbulence 2!

RE: "Turbulence"

Tue Sep 11, 2001 9:58 am

Oh God! The second one was just as bad! Insane
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RE: "Turbulence"

Tue Sep 11, 2001 11:12 am

You'd be surprised on just how strong planes really are.

Most people think that they are pretty weak.

For instance. When the 737s used to have the rudder problems and the plane would go into a spin. The plane didnt break until it hit the ground.

and in a crash, i agree they are a little weak but what whould some other vehical do if it hit the ground at 200+ mph.

I agree the movie is really stupid. another one is "final descent". The plane got hit by another plane and the bigger plane, which you really couldnt tell what the hell it was, was stuck in a climb with its elevators up.

So first to try to solve it, a helicopeter magically kept up with the plane at 10000 feet, which is above the range of most helicopters, shot at the elevator and only hit one of them and the plane magically didnt roll over and over.

Then they had a tanker fill the nose wheel well with water and the plane dropped down and then the pilots magically lowered the gear. I think the electronics and all that would have gotten screwed up. then it landed on the nose wheel without breaking it.

I love all these movies with planes in them that have no idea what it is really like. I dont really know but i know more than they do. Con Air is another one.

peace out


Tue Sep 11, 2001 4:18 pm

In the 70s I saw a movie inolving a 747 - I think - 747s are popular in the movies (wonder if the A380 will be a pet airliner in the future for the movie industry) that sank in the ocean, all passengers and crew going about their soapy business. Terrible. But the question is - is it possible for an airliner to go under water without tons of ocean water leaking in?....

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RE: "Turbulence"

Tue Sep 11, 2001 7:52 pm

Yep... pretty pathetic
plot was bad too

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RE: "Turbulence"

Tue Sep 11, 2001 8:31 pm

The one thing that was accurate was in fact the severity of the Thunderstorm. Why you would think these types of storms don't exsist at 33,000 feet is beyond me, but I was also a weather man for the Air Force. Thunderstorms can reach through the troposhere, and are severe from the base to the top!

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