Unpacking ‘flight’: Is The Denzel Washington Film Based On Reality?

Flight is a 2012 American drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by John Gatins and produced by Walter F. Parkes. Flight follows the fictitious tale of Flight 277 and its protagonist, William ‘Whip” Whitaker, played by Denzel Washington. The events depicted in the film were inspired by true events in which a pilot inverted a commercial aircraft to stabilize it and save the lives of the majority of its passengers.

In addition to learning how to perform as a pilot convincingly, Washington had to learn how to conduct authentically as a person with an addiction. In Flight, Whip Whitaker confesses to being inebriated while piloting Flight and rescuing the airplane from mechanical failure. In this article we will tell you is Flight is based on a real story or not?


Is Flight Based On A True Story?

According to source, Flight is not based on a true story. Flight was inspired by the January 31, 2000 accident of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which occurred over the Pacific Ocean. Flight 261 had lifted off from an airport in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico and was travelling toward San Francisco, California. It was slated to make one stop before reaching Seattle, Washington, its final destination. The aircraft experienced a malfunction and briefly inverted before crashing and killing everyone on board. All 88 persons aboard, including 83 passengers and five crew members, did not survive the impact.

Brief instances of dialogue used in Flight were extracted directly from the CVR transcript of Flight 261 or the conversations between the pilots in the cockpit and other announcements made over the overhead speaker. Besides, there are a few similarities between the fictional Flight  and the real-life Alaska Airlines Flight 261. The primary reason why Flight 261 went down was a mechanical error due to improper maintenance.

Flight Movie Official Trailer

Flight Movie Ending Explained

At the end of Flight, Whip Whitaker is shown giving a speech to a support group of other prisoners while telling them that he is glad to be clean and doesn’t regret doing the right thing. He is also trying to get along better with his son, who visits to talk to Whip Whitaker about an essay he needs to write for college. The article is called “The most fascinating person I’ve ever met.” “Who are you?” he asks at the start. As a plane flies by, Whip Whitaker says, “That’s a good question.”

When Whip Whitaker admitted that he was drunk when he was flying the plane, he was given a ten-year prison term for manslaughter. He got back in touch with Nicole, who has a heroin addiction and has chosen to change, and he also got in touch with his family. Not only does the movie Flight show a plane crash, but it also shows a man’s crash after being drunk and high on drugs.

Flight Movie Ending Explained

Where To Watch Flight Movie Online?

You can watch the movie Flight on Netflix, Showtime, fuboTV, and Paramount+. You can also rent or buy Flight on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu and play it there.

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