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 on what the cockpit looked like it was clearly one of these ).
Couple days pass... he has christmas dinner with relatives.
He gets a call on his beeper during christmas dinner to report to MEM
for a flight across the pacific. So he leaves with his wife. They are near the ramp at MEM
airport, at the front entrance to the ramp theres a large A300/A310 sitting there being loaded.
He says his goodbyes, blah blah, and starts walking towards the entrance, straight ahead towards an A300/A310.
They never showed him boarding that particular plane. He probably went through the entrance and boarded an MD
-11 somewhere else on the ramp.
The next scene he's sitting in a jumpseat on the MD
-11. A pilot jumps out of one of the bunkbeds in the back. Tom hanks asks " So where are we? ", Pilot says " Somewhere over the pacific ", Tom hanks replies " You pilots sure are funny ( laugh laugh ) ".
So Tom gets up, walks to the cockpit. The first officer is yelling " Tahiti control, tahiti control, how do you read? Tahiti control this is Fedex 88 how do you read? ". The captain says " Well i just plotted where we are, it looks like we're 200 miles south of course ".
So Tom hanks walks to the bathrom. Washes himself up. While the water is running, BAM, the door blasts open, and he's flying sideways holding onto the door. Wind is blowing all over inside the cabin, everything shaking violently.
They switch views to the cockpit, on the overhead panel, ENG1 red fire warning is emitted. One pilot yells " EXPLOSION!!! " The captain takes care of the ENG1 fire, the next thing they're getting on the lifevests, etc.
And blah blah blah from there on. But basically thats what happend.
an error in the movie though. While flying, and at cruise altitude in that MD
-11, they're flying through Cumulonimbus clouds ( storm clouds ). Those types of clouds are low-level lying ( 1000-6000 feet tops usually ). The highest clouds in the sky are cirrus, which are harmless, whispy clouds, max out as high as 29000 feet, but 90% of the time no higher than that, and they dont produce any type of bad weather at all.
So clearly, in order to fly through those cumulonimbus clouds like they did in the movie, they must have been cruising very, very low. This is like my 6th time viewing this movie and thats the first time i noticed that too...lol, guess it takes a while to find some errors.
Flying a plane is no diff. from riding a bicycle. Its just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. -'Airplane'