The airplane emergency that was portrayed in flight may be reminiscent of true occurences but it is fictional. there have been incidents where the horizontal stabilizer of a plane has been damaged such as the Alaska air flight mentioned above, however I can assure you that a commercial jet has never been intentionally inverted as an attempt to maintain flight. I don't think that would work even in theory as it would not have fixed the elevator. Also the drunken airline pilot cliché is one of the oldest jokes in the book, whether or not it is an accurate portrayal of airline pilots, this is not the first time we have heard about it.
The movie Flight Based is not a true film. However, it is based on the true events that happened on a flight trailer and they decided to produce a film on the story. The true event that happened had Denzel Washington in the incident and he decided to share it out in form of a movie. He is one of the main actors as Whip Whitaker.
Yes - It is based on the Heathrow crash of British Airways flight 38 in 2008. The pilot Mr Pete Birkill saved the lives of all on board, he was presented to the media has a hero, but was forced out of his job by rumours from the management and fellow staff at British Airways. The pilot then wrote the book 'seconds from Disaster'. To claim it is pure fiction is false.
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The plane crash is eerily similar to the events that caused Alaskan Airline Flight 261 to crash. I have no idea if it is related, but I had family on that flight and know that it was the same maintenance failure. However, flight 261 was not safely landed and everyone on board perished. But, it seems to me that a lot of the sequences in the plane (leading up to the landing) were, as I said before, eerily similar.
In 2012, the film drama Flight, directed and co-produced by Robert Zemeckis, featured an airplane crash of a craft resembling an MD-83, though the film's version recorded just six fatalities (four passengers, two crew) of the 102 persons aboard. In the film, NTSB investigators determined the probable cause of this crash was the fatigue of a jackscrew due to excess wear and poor maintenance. Screenwriter John Gatins later explained the film's featured crash was "loosely inspired" by the events of Flight 261
Flight is based on some facts. Yes, there was an Alaska airline flight coming back from Mexico and the horizontal stabilizer failed, just like in the movie. Big difference is Denzel inverted the plane, lost speed and was able to crash land in a field. Where as the Alaska Air flight was doomed from the beginning because the crew didn't know what to do being that far over the water. Other facts, Alcoholics need alcohol, love is separated in a fine line between alcohol and love. I just hope that Denzel's part in this movie wins him an award. This movie was so much better than Training Day, just my belief.
It is based or was based on the book and movie, 'The Pilot'. This original movie, starred Clff Robertson. While the book was written by Robert P Davis. It is however also based on truer issues than most know. Many pilots who returned from Vietnam did so with serious drinking problems afterwards (one of the ways they coped with the PTSD of the day - you see flying to say, Hanoi, Haiphong, or Thud Ridge often resulted in your death). A few drinks calmed the jitters of possibly not comin' home that day. and habits are formed in less intense crucibles...