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“Whip” Played By Denzel Washington Survives An Aircraft Break Up In “Flight”
By Eddy Metcalf
  June 10, 2012 - Paramount Pictures to release “Flight” November 2012, staring academy award winner Denzel Washington, written by John Gatins, Flight tells the redemption story of “Whip” (Washington), a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people.

While the world begs to embrace him as a true American hero, the everyman struggles with this label as he is forced to hold up to the scrutiny of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the doomed flight.

The project marks first ever teaming of Washington and academy award winning director Robert Zemeckis, while also marking a return to live action for the director, who previously helmed such hits as “Castaway,” “Forest Gump,” “Back To The Future,” and the live action & animated classic “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. 

Captain Whitaker “Whip” is encountered with an aircraft that begins to break apart at 30,000 feet, the crash landing is considered a miracle somewhat reminiscent of real life "Miracle on 34th Street. In which Captain Chesley Sullenberger, in a miracle saved all 150 passengers on a US Airways Flight 1549 that ditches into the Hudson after hitting a flock of geese on take-off from New York's La Guardia Airport.  

Whitaker is hospitalized, he is told that "the way you landed the plane was nothing short of a miracle. You saved a lot of lives." However, Whitaker soon comes to realize he is under investigation by the NTSB for allegedly having a high level of alcohol in his system. Whitaker in disbelief states "no one could have landed that plane like I did!"  

"The FAA placed 10 pilots in simulators, recreated the events ... every pilot killed everybody on board. You were the only one who could do it." And, "you had alcohol in your system; that could be life in prison." The court room drama will have you on your feet as Don Cheadle as Whitaker’s defense lawyer attempts to establish his innocents.


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