Flight (2012)

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Factual error: During both the takeoff and (crash) landing sequences, the altimeter is shown close to an altitude of zero. An aircraft altimeter is always set so that "0" represents sea level, not the local ground level.

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Suggested correction: Nope, the altimeter can be set to either ground level or sea level. Common practice is sea level, but it's pilots' discretion. In fact, pilots receive in-route weather reports in a standard format that includes BOTH barometric settings - one for elevation above mean sea level (information code QNH), and one for altitude for the airfield of interest (information code QNH).

Suggested correction: I reviewed the clips, and didn't see what you described. Height of Orlando MCO airport is only 96 feet above sea level, so the altimeter looks OK there. The last shot of the altimeter before the crash is 1000 feet and the scenery seems to match. The ATC also radios that they are passing 1000 feet - check. And the radar altimeter is calling out terrain at 60, 50, 40... just before the crash. Don't think this is a mistake.

Factual error: When Whip finishes his walk-around, he meets his First Officer and asks: "have we met before?" or something like that. In the real life, you meet your crew in the crew room, give them a thorough briefing, so when you go to an airplane, you already know the people you're going to work with. That's the place you introduce yourself, not the flight deck. It's impossible to meet your FO on the flight deck, without having met him first in the briefing room.

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Suggested correction: When I was a regional Captain, I almost never went to the crew room as it was out of the way. I almost always met my FOs at the plane for the six years that I was there. It's even worse during reserves as you may fly with several different FOs, or FAs in the same day. I now work cargo, and it doesn't happen as much, but occasionally still happens if, for example, timed out or became fatigued. They would bring a fresh crew member out to me.

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)


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Question: Does anyone feel that Whip was set up in that hotel room? I mean IMO it was just a little too convenient for him to be awakened by the sound of an unlocked room door, just to go inside to find an untouched mini bar. Also, who was it that was watching him when he went to visit his son? It's almost like the film tried to touch on a conspiracy but then decided to let well enough be.

Answer: I don't really think it was a setup. No one was setting him up. They just wanted answers to why he's hiding. I find it hard to believe that no-one heard the loud banging (mini fridge with booze, passed out drunk in the bathroom) plus the loud radio from 2:08 to 9:15. Not even the night guard heard that? He should have definitely been in the room with Whip to keep an eye on him. When he visits his son, the person watching him might have been a news person. The NTSB wants the flight crew to keep their silence and distance from reporters so that they can do their investigation. Too much from the press causes misinformation and hysteria. But yes, the longer the silence the more it can be used against you. So in a way it could have been a conspiracy theory.

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