2nd Apr 2019

U.S. Marshals (1998)

Factual error: After the explosive decompression of the JPATS B727, and the captain's initial recovery, he tells the crew, "Look at your charts... See if there is any airport we can make." The F/O looks right down at his reference and says there is "nothing close." Then the second officer is seen looking through his flight charts. Without skipping a beat, he replies that, "there is a road, 20miles ahead." Since they have lost two of three engines on the 727, the captain doesn't hesitate and commits to an emergency landing on, "this road." Also, at this very moment, the "road" in question is not even in sight. The problem with this entire situation is that there are no roads, highways, ETC on flight air charts. Above the clouds, no one in this cockpit would have had the slightest clue that there was a road below, its distance, width, etc. (00:20:20)


Factual error: When, the LAPD "Air One" helicopter contacts Long Beach Tower for permission to proceed over the airfield in pursuit of Eleanor, he is denied clearance. I am a pilot myself. Whether or not they were the LAPD, they had already violated Class "C" airspace in their pursuit. Any inbound aircraft, fixed wing or rotor, must contact approach within a three to five mile radius of the airfield. This chopper is less than half a mile from the active runway when it asks for clearance. Even if it was a national security issue, only the Secret Service could override ATC. (01:38:00)


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