Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 Jay is ordered to fly Cessna flight 30771 from the States to Sydney, with stopovers at Honolulu, Pago Pago and Norfolk Island. He’s joined by Frank, who flies another Cessna. Frank crashes while taking off at Pago Pago, so Jay has to find Norfolk Island on his own. He gets lost and almost runs out of fuel. He contacts Gordon Vette by accident, the pilot of the ANZ 308, a plane with 88 passengers on board. He and his crew are the only ones who can save Jay. But to save him, they first have to find him…
Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 The fact that the movie is about a little known real-life aviation event in 1978 got me to start watching the movie. What held my interest was the suspense of finding out the fate of “the lost pilot”. Scott Bakula was great in this role because he easily came across as a likable fellow who you want to root for.
Basically, the story recounts a 1978 incident near Australia in which a commercial jetliner went looking for a single occupant plane that was lost over the ocean. The small plane was still flying, but had lost navigational capability and was also running out of fuel. The pilot was planning to ditch into the sea … and no one knew where he was.
The creative techniques that the captain of the commercial jetliner used to try and find the plane were impressive. They are also based on what actually happened – so this was pretty cool to watch. The captain’s further efforts to convince the passengers to allow the search were interesting as well. The story was quite unusual as far as “plane” movies go, so this was a treat.
This movie is a pretty good story that just about everyone is likely to enjoy; I recommend checking it out. (If you’re a plane enthusiast, definitely catch this one!)