The Take Off: In a blinding snowstorm.
The Crash: On a bridge stalled with traffic.
The Rescue: That came too late!
Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac is a true story based on the crash of Air Florida flight 90 on January 13, 1982 in Washington D.C. on the 14th Street Bridge near Washington National Airport. This movie follows the main players throughout the day, with a lot of care taken to re-create what actually went wrong, who died, and who survived. There is a lot of actual footage from the day, as well as accurate representations of aircraft type and airline.
Among the notable sidelights: the crash itself is never shown and the rescues are staged from a heated pool in the middle of Los Angeles filled with chunks of styrofoam ice floes. Technical Emmy Award nominations were given for film sound editing and mixing.
The overall movie is simply excellent. The acting is very good. The movie is thrilling ’till the end. The producers made an almost perfect job on re-creating the event. Too bad the lack of special effects at the time made a scene of the Boeing 737 hitting the bridge impossible. It’s the only flaw I see right now.
This is definitely one of the best in its category. Although not much crash but mostly humanitarian help, the movie made a near perfect reenactment of the event.
I simply LOVE this movie! Growing up, I’ve watched it countless times. This version was recorded years ago – probably during 1992 – on VHS!
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