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The live-action movie involved an airliner that was somehow damaged (mid-air collision?), jamming the flight surfaces and causing the plane to rise out of control.

The ending involved them filling the front landing gear bay with water(?) from another aircraft (mid-air refuelling plane?) to force the nose down and allow them to land, which I believe they managed safely.

I think I saw the movie on TV in Canada sometime in the mid-to-late-90s.

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@AnkitSharma - Refuelling is a perfectly valid spelling of the word – Compro01 Nov 1 '13 at 21:29
Ohh...sorry for that. – Ankit Sharma Nov 1 '13 at 21:47
@AnkitSharma - I'll direct my annoyance towards spellcheckers that default to American English and don't have a dictionary for Canadian English. – Compro01 Nov 1 '13 at 22:00
I am quite a stuck in a state where i mis-merge American English with British English. If i am not wrong Canadian English=British English? – Ankit Sharma Nov 1 '13 at 22:09
@AnkitSharma - Not quite. We tend to pick and choose between British and American spellings seemingly at random. We use airplane rather than aeroplane and realize rather than realise, but colour rather than color and centre rather than center. Here's a comparison between the three. – Compro01 Nov 1 '13 at 22:35

Just from the title, this sounds like Starflight: The Plane that Couldn't Land (1983), which includes a "hypersonic" plane which is damaged by an exploding satellite which causes it to go into orbit. The landing is not quite as described in the question, but it still sounds like a fairly close match.

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No, that's definitely not it. – Compro01 Nov 2 '13 at 4:55
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Found it. What I was remembering was the 1997 film Final Descent.

An airliner collides with a light plane just after takeoff, causing its elevators to jam in the full climb position. It will crash as soon as the fuel runs out, unless some desperate measure succeeds in bringing the nose down.

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