Disaster Flight 243

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German title Disaster Flight 243
Original title Miracle Landing
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1990
length 85 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Dick Lowry
script Garner Simmons
production Dick Lowry
music Mark Snow
camera Frank Beascoechea
cut Byron 'Buzz' Brandt
Anita Brandt-Burgoyne

Disaster Flight 243 is an American disaster film from 1990 . The television film was directed by Dick Lowry .


The film is based on real events that took place in 1988. A Boeing 737-200 of Paradise Airlines is of captain Bob Schornstheimer and the first pilot line, Madeline Tompkins controlled. The flight is normal at first.

The aircraft loses parts of the fuselage in flight. The passengers are in an open, unprotected cabin. The flight captain makes a successful emergency landing.


“A mixture of documentary report and disaster entertainment created for television; the feelings of the protagonists remain surface material for a staging that neglects the inner drama. "


The film won an Emmy Award for Special Effects in 1990 .


The film is based on a true event, namely the accident on Aloha Airlines Flight 243 on April 28, 1988 in Hawaii . A 6-7 meter long piece of the fuselage of the Boeing 737-200 broke after take-off at an altitude of 24,000 ft (approx. 7,300 meters) and tore off the aircraft. A flight attendant was sucked out of the aircraft by the sudden decompression and died; 65 people were injured. Nevertheless, the pilots managed to land safely at Kahului Airport. Material fatigue was identified as the cause of the accident.

The disaster film was shot in Honolulu . The film makes no mention of the real name of the airline that owned the aircraft that crashed. Instead, the name "Paradise Airlines" is used. The names of the aircraft's crew, on the other hand, are authentic.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Disaster flight 243. In: Lexicon of international film . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used