PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller
Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.
Along with the other Airport films, Airport '77 is one of a flurry of disaster films with A-list actors. The most prominent of the genre are The Towering Inferno (1974), Earthquake (1974) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).
I want to harvest the sea for food and save millions of people from starvation.
After submerging in the Atlantic, the captain said the airplane is "Pressurized". While some might think otherwise, it is possible for a submerged plane could retain air for a period of time. It should be noted that when at altitude, a pressurized airliner maintains internal air pressure that is considerably higher than the outside air. When underwater, the situation is reversed. Because of this, even a perfectly intact airliner would certainly have leaks. As the plane in this situation is only perhaps 100 feet below the surface, the water pressure is 44 pounds per square inch. At cruising altitude the internal pressure is maintained at about 12 pounds per square inch, with is equal to an altitude of 6,000 feet.
Before the end credits, this text appears. "The incident portrayed in the film is fictional; the rescue capabilities utilized by the Navy are real".
Versions seen on UK television omit the scene where Lee Grant looks out the window of the plane and sees her husband Martin Wallace (Christopher Lee), floating dead in the water.
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