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.