Hey there folks!
Yesterday, I was flipping through the channels when I found a movie called ‘Final Descent’ where (I quote the synopsis from Google) “A pilot (Robert Urich) and co-pilot (Annette O’Toole) have limited options to land a jumbo jet after a severe midair collision.”
I only was able to see the last half of this movie, but the aircraft appeared to be a 737-200. Not a ‘jumbo jet’.
Apparently the aircraft struck a GA aircraft, and the plane was struggling to land. For some reason, the pilots were struggling to handle the aircraft while it was in flight, so the military sends what appears to be an A380 to ‘midair refuel’ the 737. The pilots move all of the elders and children to the back of the aircraft where its ‘warmer’.
Have you ever been on a school bus and the driver talks about the little hatches on the roof, so if the bus is on its side you can evacuate out the roof? Well the plane had one of those, so the pilots opened it and the ‘tanker’ dropped a package about the size of a pillow. The pilots then opened it; and miraculously, everyone on the plane had a fur coat or blanket.
The tanker then dropped a nozzle through the hatch where one of the pilots took it to the ‘engine room’. He put the nozzle in an opening about the size of a manhole, and then filled the tank with fuel to ‘bring the nose down’. However for some reason he started to drown in the fuel, so he had to be pulled out. There were a zillion dramatic shots of the women and children gasping for air, but once the plane hit 12000 feet, everyone could suddenly breathe (at this point I was screaming at my TV: ‘that’s not how air works!’). The movie then cut to the ATC tower, where there was a single man (about 55) sitting a room, when another ATC came to get him. Very desperately, he cried “please sir, you’re the best we’ve got.” The plane descended through 500 feet, when there was an exterior shot that showed the ground a few thousand feet away. The ATC then ‘guided’ the plane to the ground by telling it to ‘land softly’ (I honestly don’t know why he was called to come help if that was all he was to do). The plane then landed at about -3000 FPM and was perfectly intact. When however, the nose gear touched down, (very softly I might add) it instantly collapsed in a shower of sparks. Then, it cuts to the crew and passengers in the terminal where they thank the pilots for saving their lives. The captain proposes to the FO, and they decide to get married. End of movie.
My question for you all, what’s one of the worst aviation movies (or movies with aviation) you have ever seen in terms of accuracy?