Flight (2012)

22 mistakes

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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)


Character mistake: When Whip is in the hospital, standing straight in front of the camera is a ridiculous nurse; she takes down the empty IV bag and pulls the bag away from the IV line, she drops the bag on the floor, a big no-no, but try as she might she can't seem to get the spike to go into the new bag. While she's doing all this, she's waving that sterile spike everywhere, touching everything she can, including herself, and picking up germs that will go straight into Whip's IV line, and into his body, when, finally she gets that infected spike into the infected new bag.


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


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.

Character mistake: When Whip is in hospital, a nurse comes in with the others but what she does with the IV is all wrong. First: she tosses the empty IV bag onto the floor - you never do that - and then she proceeds to tug continually on the base of another IV bag, trying to get the IV line out of the bag - this she does not succeed in doing.


Continuity mistake: When the movie starts, there's no cellphone on the night table. After we hear it ring it appears.

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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.

Other mistake: Before the plane goes berserk, Whip decides to level off, to reach good air, but the altimeter keeps rising and the co-pilot is sitting at an angle, as he would if the were still climbing, but Whip is sitting in a level position, as he would if they were levelling off.


Continuity mistake: When Whip goes to Nicole's place, he stops his car past her street. When he sees Nicole he turns into her street, but he couldn't - his car is too far past her street; he should have reversed first before driving into her street, which he did not do.


Continuity mistake: When Harlan picks Whip up from the hospital, he says he couldn't find any suitcases at Whip's place, so he put his clothes and stuff in garbage bags, but when Whip arrives at the farm, there are no garbage bags in sight, just a small suitcase and a small plastic bag.


Continuity mistake: When Whip goes to see his ex-wife and son, he parks with a fire hydrant by the front right fender. He takes a drink, gets out of the car, and the fire hydrant has vanished.

Continuity mistake: When we first see Nicole, she has a "bruise" on her left inner elbow, but, later, when she's injecting, the "bruise" has gone.


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: 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.

Continuity mistake: When Whip is watching the crash on TV, the (CGI) plane seems big while flying against the church, but when it lands and it's seen in comparison with the people on the field, it is awkwardly small.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when Nick tells Kip, her drug dealer, that she hasn't used needles in weeks, she's lying as she has a track mark on her left arm that is definitely not weeks old. When she does inject, that track mark disappears.


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.

Continuity mistake: When Nicole knocks the box with the syringe and all the drug-stuff, the syringe falls far away from the box, but it appears very close to it in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the plane has come out of flying upside down, Whip tells Departure that he sees a road and a field and he will try to land there. The field is brown until they crash-land, where it is now green.


Harling Mays: Oh, I almost forgot. I got you some stroke mags. I've been in the hospital before, I know what you need. I got Juggs, Hot MILFs in Heat, AssMasters. You just stroke it all day, you're a hero.

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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: 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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