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"Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:32 am

Does anyone know where to get a copy of the movie "Miracle Landing?" I saw one on e-bay the other day selling for as much as $25. Anyone have a more realistic idea? It doesn't seem to be showing on TV any time soon. By the way, those who saw the movie, how good is it?
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 4:44 am

It was a very good movie. I taped it when they first ran it on CBS a couple years ago (more like 10, because I was probabily still in junior high). The details, including names, are very accurate. However, the name of the airline was changed to Paradise Air. Great shots of the aircraft, you can tell they put alot of money, effort and reasearch into it. For $25 bucks, definately not a bad deal.
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:37 am

Which "Miracle Landing" is the movie about?? The Gimli (Air Canada 767) incident? If so, my advice is read the book. It was much better technically and gave a lot of insight into what actually happened.

Did anyone see that movie special regarding the BA 747 flight that lost all four engines (due to a volcanic eruption)? The flight was about 20 years ago but the made for TV movie was about one year ago.... Great story!
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:00 am

It's about Aloha 243.

I forget the name of the Gimli movie, but it was pretty bad. William Devane and Shelley Hack were the main players. The book by the Hoffer's is infinitely better.

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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:04 am

Somewhat related;

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1207318/6/

Just a history (or at least an update) of the particular aircraft which "starred" in Miracle Landing......
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:26 am

You may also be interested in the movie "A Thousand Heroes", which is the story of UA232 (i.e., the DC10 which lost all hydraulics but was steered to SUX on engine thrust differentials alone)
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 8:33 am

Another one you might like would be "Freefall: Flight 174", it aired today on the Lifetime channel.

It's about the Gimli Glider...the Air Canada 767 that ran out of fuel and miraculously manged to land at an abandoned airstrip near Winnipeg.


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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:18 am

Has anyone seen the movie "The Langalers"? (I don't think I spelled it wright.)
Its not exactly about an airplane but it has one in it. I thought it was pretty good.





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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:28 am

FunFlyer... you're thinking of Stephen King's "The Langoliers"

Aside from the crude animation of the Langoliers and their eating, the storyline was pretty cool (in a twisted sort of way). Still dont quite get the girl being all telepathic and stuff.

Anyways, great movie for L1011 fans  Big thumbs up
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:31 am

"The Langoliers" was hilarious in its stupidity in my opinion. An L-1011 was used in the filming.

It is pretty funny when the pilot declares "We're comin' in hard!" after running out of fuel on finals and the next view is the main gear lightly kissing the runway. Then the camera view cuts to the cabin and you see everyone lurching and bouncing around like it was a hard touchdown. I was laughing out loud.

Wierd movie (not to mention very long); not one of Stephen King's finest books (the movie was too silly).
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:32 am

Hey thanks ConcordeBoy:
That really was a good movie.  Smile

[Edited 2003-10-09 03:32:33]
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:51 am

LOL, after seeing "Langoliers" with my friends we started acting like idiots - slowly tearing pieces of paper into strips and going "Ahhhhhhh..."  Nuts

Hehehehehhh...

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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 12:10 pm

"Miracle Landing" was a pretty good film, one of the better ones. Technically it was very close to the written account of the incident- only they don't use the airline name Aloha in the film, they use "Paradise Air" instead. Pretty good film.
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 12:41 pm

Yep "Miracle Landing" is a good film. Every scene was pretty good except for the part where the pilots started having flash back of their past. Now that's BULL - can't imagine pilots having time for flash back during an emergency.
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 2:52 pm

Funny that I just came across this topic. I just flew with Capt. Schornstheimer last month as his F/O -- He is still flying the 737-200 inner-island. Then F/O of flight 243, Mimi Tompkins is now a 737-700 Capt. and a CRM instructor at Aloha. Neither seem to talk about the incident much, if at all these days......but we all know that they did a heck of a job that day and saved a lot of lives, and what could have been the end of Aloha Airlines.
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:16 pm

Miracle Landing is a great film, I strongly reccommend it. I recorded it when it was shown on the Family Channel WAY BACK in the year 1992(!) My recording of it is complete with vintage commercials from the period, including, if I remember correctly, the timeless commercial for the now largely defunct Long John Silver's fast food restaurant, "Nobody does FISH like we do! Nobody does SHRIMP like we do! Nobody does CHICKEN like we do! Yeah, yeah yeah!, et cetera, ad nauseum." ROFL, early 1990s advertising, could their be anything more passe and detestable?

Anyway, back to the topic, it is a good film. It was one of the first aviation disaster films I saw. It is realistic and exciting. I strongly reccommend it, if you can find it.

BTW SRD737NG, that is FANTASTIC that you worked as F/O with Captain Schornstheimer! That certainly must have been exciting. Captain Schornstheimer and Mimi Thompkins will certainly be remembered among the heroes of Hawaiian aviation.

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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:17 pm

I posted this in the wrong thread!

Falling from the sky flight 174" is the movie about the Air Canada b767 that glided onto a go-cart track on July 23, 1983 here is the link to the review:

http://www.airodyssey.net/articles/movie-flt

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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:20 pm

Paradise Air is currently an Indonesian airline flying between Australia and Bali....
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:40 pm

It wasn't when the movie was made, though.  Big grin


Fascinating that you got to fly with that captain, SRD737NG, that confounds me.

Did you ask him about that incident?
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 5:09 pm

Gimli wasn't a go kart track, it was a decommisioned RCAF airbase that had been converted to a race facility for a local auto club. It was used because it still had enough pavement from the runway to land on. Well, the pilot didn't know for sure if that was the case, but he remembered that it used to, so he chose it. As for the film, it was pretty bad IMHO. The book was indeed better. Read it and you'll get a better experience.

As for Miracle Landing, it wasn't bad, but it could have been better IMHO. As for paying $25 for a copy on eBay, save your money as chances are it is just a bootleg that somebody made from a taping of the film from TV. Even the packaging can fool you as PCs with good printers can make really good looking tape and DVD banners these days. Probably better to just network here and perhaps trade a video or two with another A.netter (make sure its NTSC format for the states, or PAL format for Europe). Of course I do imagine that some of these films might have made it into commercial release in Europe.

I haven't seen the BA Volcanic cloud incident film yet, but would like to after hearing the story recently. I'd also like to read the book written by one of the passengers on that flight. Of the good films based on actual events that I like "Crash Landing, the Story of Flight 232" is a good one with a very good cast (Charleton Heston, James Coburn, Richard Thomas and Harve Bennett producing). I'll bet they all took paycuts to just work on this project as its very interesting to see that many big names in a made for TV movie. It also doesn't seem to get caught up in melodrama like so many other films do (Miracle Landing did a little and the Gimli film did A LOT!)

Another film I have a distant memory of being pretty good was the made for TV film about the Air Florida crash in DC. Hard to believe that incident was over 20 years ago.
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:03 pm

Aloha717200-

I did not ask him about it. I have been told from other pilots that if he doesn't bring it up, then I shouldn't inquire....but believe me, I wanted to. I've only flown with him once. After flying with him more in the future, I will probably ask eventually, but he will have to come over to the -700 for me to fly with him again. I will fly with Mimi though in the -700, I've been told that she doesn't seem to mind talking about it.
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:16 am

I still believe one of the best movies around is the Tragedy of Flight 103 which details the events leading up to the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie back in 1988. Dont count on seeing too many plane shots, with the exception of the last 1/2 hour of the move where they show how the bomb was first placed in Malta onboard Air Malta flight KM180 and made its way through FRA and LHR and finally onto the illfated flight PA103. Neverthless, its still pretty good, was done by HBO about 13 years ago. Also done by HBO is Tailspin, The Downing of Flight 007, which, as you guessed, details the events leading up to the Soviet shootdown of Korean Air 007. As with the Pan Am movie, not too many airplane shots here, except for the last 1/2 hour of the movie. It shows the cocpit crew of the KAL flight and how they miscalculated their position over the Pacific and also the people surrounding the event, namely the U.S. army stations and personnel in Japan who were among the first folks to become aware of what was going on. However overall, I think they're worth watching if you can get your hand on a copy.

Someone mentioned the UAL 232 tragedy in Sioux City. Great movie as well. If you like this movie, you will like Fire and Rain (I think thats the name). Its about the DL L1011 crash at DFW back in the 80's
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Tue Oct 14, 2003 9:43 am

Hello,

Some people are talking about the BA 747 volcanic eruption flight. But I'm very sure, that this wasn't a BA flight but a KL flight. A 747-400 from Osaka, with registration PH-BFO. Correct if I'm wrong and there has been an incident with a BA flight as well, but this story is about the KL flight I think. Because if seen the plane at AMS with totally no paint at it's nose, all just grey metal from it's fuselage!!!

Groeten
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:13 pm

I'm interested in seeing the movie about the BA Volcanic encounter. I read the book called "All Four Engines Have Failed" by Betty Tootell. It's a fascinating account of the incident. Anyone know the name of the movie? There was a SQ incident around the same time as the BA one, different volcano I believe.
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:48 pm

Miracle Landing was actually just on tv about a week ago. I don't recall the channel, but I watched it for the first time. Personally I found it a bit cheesy, but entertaining none the less
 
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:54 pm

Hi all,

...I´ve seen Miracle Landing, and it really is one of the best movies about a real incident! I just adore Ana-Alicia as Flight Attendant Michelle Honda!

So Cpt. Schornstheimer and Cpt. Tompkins are still with Aloha, but what about the two survivin F/A´s? Does anybody know, if they´re still flying?

That crew indeed saved a lot of lives!!!

HEROIC EFFORT by the pilots and the F/A´s!

Best regards,

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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Wed Oct 29, 2003 8:58 am

ConcordeBoy gave a good advice which I followed. I got myself a copy of "A Thousand Heroes". It gives accurate description of what really happened except for few goofs....but what can you expect from a movie. The cockpit shots are definitely not shot on location, as well as details at the end of the film. In reality, Capt. Haynes met the guy from the ATC a year later in the White House, whereas in the film, they meet in the hospital room. That was something I was able to point out, anyone else?

P.S. Thank you ConcordeBoy for that advise!
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RE: "Miracle Landing"

Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:30 am

Just to ad my 2 cents worth in on this topic. TLC ran a four part series about 10 years ago called "Survival in the Sky" that included facts about "Miracle Landing" and "Sioux City", just to name a few. An excellent documentation that any airliner fanatic (like myself) would love. Also, I think the two best books I've read (factual anyway) are "The Ghost of Flight 401" and "Heros Amongst Us". "Heros" being about the passengers of the infamous flight 93. An excellent read.