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Factual error: Whenever the fire extinguisher is activated for a jet engine, that engine becomes inoperable. In the movie, the co-pilot first activates the extinguisher for the left engine, and 30 seconds later, for the right engine. At that point, both engines should be shut down. However, the engines are still operating (and revving up) and Whitaker even asks Margaret to apply full power, which is also audible. (00:23:00)

NoDouty

Factual error: When flight 227 departs Orlando, the thrust increases for 3 minutes. It should have increased for 30 seconds.

AAL117

Factual error: During the emergency, Whip instructs Ken to dump fuel, and fuel is seen spraying out of the nozzle on the wing. MD-80 family aircraft are not equipped with fuel dump capabilities.

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Suggested correction: The aircraft is a fictional Jackson Ridgefield JR-88 according to a slide shown during the NTSB hearing scene. This can also explain why it has winglets, another feature McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series aircraft do not have.

AAL117

Factual error: During the pre-flight scene, in the exterior shot panning from the control tower down to the aircraft parked at the gate, the sign on the jetway indicates gate A27, when there is in fact no such gate at Orlando International Airport.

Factual error: When Denzel checks his iphone, the lock screen shows a date of October 20 and the time is 1:17. After unlocking the screen, the calendar icon on the phone shows the 8th as the date, and the time as 8:52. The battery remaining also changes.

Factual error: When the plane's altitude decreases from 28,000 to 27,000 ft on the altimeter, the digits to the right of the 8/7 do not change.

AAL117

Factual error: Whenever the fire extinguisher is activated for a jet engine, that engine becomes inoperable. In the movie, the co-pilot first activates the extinguisher for the left engine, and 30 seconds later, for the right engine. At that point, both engines should be shut down. However, the engines are still operating (and revving up) and Whitaker even asks Margaret to apply full power, which is also audible. (00:23:00)

NoDouty

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Charlie Anderson: Remember, if they ask you anything about your drinking, it's totally acceptable to say "I don't recall."
Whip: Hey, don't tell me how to lie about my drinking, okay? I know how to lie about my drinking. I've been lying about my drinking my whole life.

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Trivia: Nicole's car bears Georgia license plate CHN 320. This is the same plate number used on the General Lee in "the Dukes of Hazzard".

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Question: Can inverting a plane completely upside down and then turning it 180 degrees truly keep it from going down in a sharp nosedive and "gliding" to safety? Seems rather far-fetched but made for a very interesting exciting movie focal point.

Tricia Webster

Chosen answer: Popular mechanics wrote an article covering this. In short, inverting a passenger jet is certainly doable, but the specific chain of events seen in the film are more of a stretch. Possible, but...challenging, to say the least!

Jon Sandys

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