Flight 401 was the plane I mentioned that went down in the Florida Everglades in 1972.
There were human survivors of that crash, but also parts of the plane itself were salvaged and reused.
In 1974, Airport 1975 was released (pictured below). This was the first sequel to the successful 1970 film Airport. It starred Karen Black as a stewardess who is forced to pilot a Boeing 747 after the flight crew are all either killed or injured severely in a head-on crash with a twin-engine piston aircraft.
Encouraged by the success of the Airport films, th... More