your review of SST Death Flight
had me rolling on the floor. An excellent review! You should submit this review and any others you can think of to http://www.airodyssey.net/articles/movies.html
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. Submit this one. I feel your writing style would shine. And, there were your typical variety of passengers who all had issues and drama. The only cliche missing from this cinematic tour de force was the obligatory pet on board. Most airline disaster movies always feature a four legged furry friend that survives the incident unscathed and looking like it came straight from the Pet Smart groomer table.
There were two black and white classic airline disaster flicks from the early 60's. I forgot their titles. Both were in beautiful black and white. Both were supposedly jets but had the cabins of DC 7's. In one of these two films, when the passengers jumped out the emergency slide, you saw the rounded tail found on props. It too was a DC 7! In this movie, there was an altitude bomb
planted on the plane. If this jet, called a 797
dipped below a certain altitude, kablooey! The lunatic I believe wanted money and was mad at the world. As a matter of fact, a young 1950's looking nerdy dude sacrificed his life when he totaled the three on the tree Chevy clunker delivery truck of SpeedyJet
messenger service. Dollar bills blew around the road kill and the truck was flipped over, wheels still spinning and melodramatic 1950's style movie music played. The braintrusts of the movie, captain and ground control outsmarted the stupid psycho criminal by landing their bird at Denver's Stapleton Airport.
Anyohe remember the name and year of this movie?
The second movie had the same 1950's prop looking plane, was also in beautiful black and white and also had plenty of that melodramatic 1950's movie music. In this one, the ill fated flight was from LAX
. A sudden electrical short caused this plane to crash somewhere over Encino. And, a UMNR was killed. Of course they managed to find her stuffed teddy bear unscathed looking like it had been Martinized. This is some kind of high tech at least for the late 50's/early 60's form of dry cleaning using chemicals that are toxic today. And the little UMNR girl (unaccompanied minor) was African American. In those days, it was poor little Negro girl
Was this crash terrorism? No, it was caused by the captain spilling his cup of Java swill on a console that had a slit. They even recreated the flight to see what caused the crash. Same captain, co-pilot and flight engineer. They all came out of the crash unscathed and volunteered to recreate this risking death or dismemberment. They deduced, that the damn cup of Java swill spilling into the console shorted out the electrical stuff and caused the plane to crash.
Of course plenty of melodramatic 1950's movie music. I can't remember the title of this flick either. Safe flying