Castaway And FedEx

Sun Dec 24, 2000 1:56 pm

Recently, I was watching the making of the movie "Castaway" and noticed that some scenes were shot aboard an MD-11. Did anyone see the movie this week?

RE: Castaway And FedEx

Sun Dec 24, 2000 2:26 pm

I saw it.

RE: Castaway And FedEx

Sun Dec 24, 2000 3:07 pm

I saw it and in real life Tom Hanks would have died because the plane just dove strait into the water at least 500MPH and he was feet away from the crew and they die.

by the way it was not a md-11 it was a a300f. If he had got on the safe boeing he would have lived

RE: Castaway And FedEx

Sun Dec 24, 2000 3:31 pm

I saw it earlier this evening. Boeing in PDX is correct, the aircraft would have disintigrated upon impact as they showed it going extremely fast straight toward the water. Definately non-survivable. But oh well. You know what happens every time Hollywood and aviation meet up...

RE: Castaway And FedEx

Mon Dec 25, 2000 3:41 am

The flight deck looked like that of an MD-11. There was 6 LCD'S.

RE: Castaway And FedEx

Mon Dec 25, 2000 3:12 pm

Bodzio, it was an A300-600F. I checked this myself in the theater.
Don't know how they were planning to get it from Memphis to Malaysia, though...

BTW- Would the engine really have exploded like that? One would assume that as water seeped into the main cmbustion chamber, it would simply extinguish the reaction, not blow the whole thing to kingdom come...
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RE: Castaway And FedEx

Mon Dec 25, 2000 3:20 pm

He boards an A36, however in the cockpit it is a M11. I still don't know how an A300 goes from MEM to Subic Bay, or whereever.

And an engine wouldn't blow up in the water. It wouldn't blow up if the fuel was cut off...

To quote CNN from TWA 800 "Is the fire burning UNDER the water?"


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RE: Castaway And FedEx

Mon Dec 25, 2000 3:47 pm

I just got out of watching Castaway and I noticed something. In the film they show a A300F in the back ground but they never show him get on board it, So it leads to the possiblity that he actually did get on a MD-11 (considering that he was going from Memphis to Malysia) Plus in the crash scene (even thought the plane would have disintergrated on impact) the engine that blows looks awefully similar to one found on the tail of a MD-11/DC-10F.
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RE: Castaway And FedEx

Mon Dec 25, 2000 4:05 pm

Hello all,

Yeah there was a post about this a week or so ago. I saw the film a few weeks ago so I might not remember everything correctly but I think Vlflyer is right. He gets out of the car and in the background there is an Airbus. You never see him get on it. Next shot he is inside the plane sitting in those seats right behind the cockpit. If you can tell that's an Airbus and the cockpit is a MD-11 one, well good for you. H'wood screwed up, but I don't think they did. I just think they didn't want to show a clear shot of the plane because it might, to the public, etc, give the plane a bad image. Especially a plane as noticable as a MD-11/DC-10.
Yeah, the think with the engine going into the water was odd. I thought it was the wing engine and I thought I saw a big winglet...MD-11. But it was a dark scene and I'm not sure.

Hollywood[which doesn't always mess up], CA

RE: Castaway And FedEx

Mon Dec 25, 2000 4:18 pm

I thought the movie was a dissapointment, but the 5 minute crash scene was worth the price of admissions alone. It blew me away....right before the plane hits the water and everyone is yelling, I couldn't help but think of the poor souls aboard the Alaska flight where the captain's last words were "Here we go".

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RE: Castaway And FedEx

Mon Dec 25, 2000 5:22 pm

Oh no, you it was like AS 261 too! That thought entered my mind. I was also thinking about how I would never fly to Asia on a twin engine jet! Well, that might have been a MD-11, I guess we will never know.

I was also dissapointed with the movie at some points. I thought the time on the island was a little dragged out at parts. Or maybe it was to give you the feeling of being there so long. Also the stuff where he goes back to society. I think someone would have a much harder time adjusting. I mean I've never been through it, but it seemed odd.


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Alaska Air Crash

Mon Dec 25, 2000 6:24 pm

Speaking of Alaska air crash.....have they released the recording from the cockpit voice recorder? Anybody know??

RE: Castaway And FedEx

Mon Dec 25, 2000 7:20 pm

Just count the throttle levers - that will tell you whether it's an MD11 or A300.

The best crash scene I've ever seen was in Fearless.
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RE: Castaway And FedEx

Tue Dec 26, 2000 3:47 am

the MD-11 crash was cool, and very real looking, the life raft is the exact type we use at fedex, and the o2 masks were real too, the cockpit of the crashed aircraft was a MD-11 , everything was correct, the lav, the barrier net, A container of freight would not have broke thru the net or the locks, but they did a great job of making it look real, the movie gets a big "BZ" from me .I'm proud to work for Fedex and it was cool to see Fedex play a part in a movie.......
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!

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