The Langoliers

Factual error: After taking off from Bangor, the pilot pulls back on the flight control bringing the plane up to level flight. However, after taking off, a plane is "nose up" and would require pushing forward on the controls to bring the nose down to level. This is also evident by looking at the attitude indicator (circle with top half blue and bottom half brown). The white line indicates the horizon and you can watch the indicator show the plane's attitude coming from below horizon (nose down) to the horizon (level flight).

Factual error: When the airplane lands at LAX, the pilot indicates being out of fuel and is nearly unable to stop the airplane. However, the particular gate (54) where the airplane ends up at LAX would require a minimum of four stops and turns before getting there. Ending up at that particular point would not have been possible without power to taxi.

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Factual error: When initially investigating the missing people and the condition of the airplane, Brian looks at a screen that gives the airplane's transponder code (or "squawk") as 7777. An airliner would never be squawking that code, since this particular code is reserved for military interceptor operations.

Factual error: When Nick "turns the pressure back on" all he does is flip his O2 regulator from normal to emergency. This would not have helped the other passengers wake up. (02:46:20)

Factual error: Attempting to steer an airplane moving along the ground at more than 100 knots will cause the landing gear to be destroyed.

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Continuity mistake: As Brian lands the plane down to Bangor, his headset is on in a frontal shot, but in a reverse shot it isn't. (00:47:05)

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Trivia: In the scene near the end of the movie, there is a board meeting on the tarmac. The Chairman of the Board is Stephen King who is the author of The Langoliers. (02:10:15)

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Question: What happened to the people who disappeared? Did they die?

Answer: No, they didn't die. The premise of the story is that the sleeping plane passengers were in an alternate timeline a few minutes out-of-sync with normal time; so, when they awoke, they were aware of a dead zone in the immediate past. Everyone else in the world is still alive in the present. The "Langoliers" were interdimensional creatures that fed on the past, gobbling it up like a stage-cleaning crew.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: Yes, the passengers who were awake through the time rift were killed instantly, including Nick Hopewell on the return trip.

Danny Duignan

Hey you can't really assume anything with a film like this and with a storyline being so mysterious and suspenseful. I think it is left up to one's imagination where the passengers disappeared too. Personally I think or would like to believe they all survived but in another dimension probarly in the 4 or 5th dimension like with the Bermuda triangle which is very similar to the movie in relation to people disappearing without a trace.

Actually, since items like pacemakers were left behind it's safe to assume at least some of the missing passengers are dead.

I assume that since some passengers who disappeared left behind their pacemakers, they probably died.

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