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Nope, it's purely fiction. Here's a link to an interview with the director. Interview with Robert Zemeckis Matt McDaniel: What was it about this project and the script in particular that grabbed you? Robert Zemeckis: Well, whenever a really good screenplay comes across your desk, you have to do it, and that's what the situation was with "Flight."...


According to the film's website, the story has its genesis in 1999, before Sullenberg or 9/11, so screenwriter John Gatins did not have those references when he wrote it, and obviously he decided not to reference them in his film made this year. The movie does have three scenes shot in Atlanta's St. Regis Hotel, though, which it mentions by name. The hotel ...


The easiest way to see that the movie takes place closer to present time is that Denzel's character is using an iPhone (released 2007) and an iPad (released 2010) also when they are referencing the toxicology report, the lawyer states that the tox machine was calibrated in 2009 and then states that it is 18 months overdue thus making the year 2010/2011.


I haven't seen the movie, but I am a pilot. If the severe turbulence is caused by a lightning cell, no aircraft can withstand its severe alternating updrafts and downdrafts which typically break off wings, rudder, tail, and probably bust up the fuselage. Any maneuver which can be done to exit it soon is sensible—especially considering the alternative....


A very similar accident was Alaska Airline Flight 261 accident in January 31, 2000 on a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft (in the movie it was MD-88): The CVR transcript reveals the pilots' continuous attempts for the duration of the dive to regain control of the aircraft. At one point, unable to raise the nose, they attempted to fly the aircraft "...


Just saw the movie. Shortly after takeoff from Orlando, the aircraft faces two lines of heavy rainstorms and is inside the first. Whip doesn't do anything particularly unusual except for not climbing for a few seconds when most pilots would be trying to get over the disturbance as soon as possible. He spots a small weak slot in the storm on the plane's ...


The film took elements from a true story, including the plane flying inverted, which did actually happen. Source WIkipedia Screenwriter John Gatins explained in a 2012 interview with the Los Angeles Times that the dramatic fictional crash depicted in Flight was "loosely inspired" by the 2000 crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which was caused by a ...


SouthJet Flight 227 crashed on October 14th, 2011 During the NTSB hearing Ellen Block's presentation includes slides that display the date of the crash. You can also watch the scene on YouTube. Interestingly, the movie was first released (at the New York Film Festival) on October 14, 2012.


I also noticed the iPod plugged in next to the desk rotary phone. I think this vintage iPod was 2004 or 2005. Also, the various cars in the movie are very misleading as to when this was to have taken place.

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