| Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error by his friend caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.
The ultimate cause of the accident uncovered by investigators at the end of the film was a spilled cup of coffee in the cockpit which caused a short-circuit, which produced an instrument error that resulted in the pilot making a fatal mistake. This oddly mirrors a NON-fatal incident in February 2019. While flying a large commercial airplane from Frankfurt, Germany, to Cancun, Mexico, the captain's coffee spilled on the flight deck and caused a short-circuit in the radio communication systems and some smoke in the cockpit. The radio became partially inoperative as a result. Unlike the unfortunate crew in the film, the Airbus crew diverted successfully and made a safe landing at Shannon, Ireland. All from a cup of coffee.
Capt. Jack Savage:
When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
Replays of the ground-to-air transmissions heard when the investigators listen to the tapes, and later during the flight to simulate the crash conditions, do not accurately replay what was originally heard, with sudden pauses or missing portions of transmissions in each scene.
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