rescue operation was mounted. As seen in the grainy footage, the sole bright spot of the ordeal would have been getting fished out of the life rafts and helped onto the rescue vessel by some handsome, sometimes shirtless, naval seamen!
Crash Landing sought to capitalize on this riveting event and B-movie producer Sam Katzman enlisted hack-writer Fred Freiberger and quickie director Fred Sears to create a movie that was shot in ten - yes TEN - days! It was filmed in 1957, but despite the desperation to cash-in on a then-current event, was somehow held for release until the middle of 1958.
The first class section (in the rear of the plane) is presided over by a soothing Nelson.
The dreaded moment finally occurs and Merrill "lands" the plane into the drink. The flight crew is shown pitching forward as water presses upon the front of the cockpit glass.
Airport '77 (1977.)
And lastly, this is a SPOILER - a visual one - for anyone who doesn't want to know, but I realized I had to inform those who might be curious......
movie dog lover from way back. I had been totally aghast at the attitude towards the poor little pooch the entire time and so was heavily relieved when they not only chose to not ensure that he'd drown, but wrapped him up and saved him! And, with that, this post is also wrapped up.