23 July 1983. It should have been a routine flight for the brand-new, state-of-the-art Canadian Airways Boeing 767, outward bound from Montreal to Edmonton. Experienced pilot Captain Bob Pearson (William Devane) has misgivings about some malfunctioning computer equipment, but it's the airline that now decides if a plane is airworthy, not the pilot. Pearson has no option - he needs his job - so he takes the plane up, together with co-pilot Maurice Quintal (Scott Hylands), chief engineer Rick Dion (Winston Rekert) and air-hostess Lynn Brown (Shelley Hack).But Pearson's... fears are not misplaced. At 41,000 feet, the warning lights start to flash. Only then does Pearson realise to his horror that his plane is virtually out of fuel. So starts a full-scale emergency with the lives of Pearson's passengers and crew hanging in the balance. With no engine power and nowhere to land, and with a storm threatening, the Boeing fast becomes a 300,000-pound glider plummeting towards earth. Air traffic controller Al Williams (Nicholas Turturro) does what he can to help the plane to safety, but passengers and crew must now look to one man to challenge the odds against survival and turn an almost certain disaster into the unlikeliest of triumphs: Bob Pearson. With time running out, all they can do is pray he can come up with some pretty fancy flying and achieve the impossible. [show more]
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