Friday, February 10, 2012

Ghosts on Airplanes

I have been catching up on my ghostly movie watching lately, as evident by recent blog posts.   In my viewing, a trailer for a new film caught my eye.  The film is called 7500 and it appears to be a haunted airplane movie.  All the early buzz confirms my thoughts on this.  It looks really interesting and I have to wonder if it has any basis on the real haunted airplane story.

American Airlines Flight 401 crashed into the Everglades on December 29, 1972. One-hundred and one people died in the crash. Captain Loft survived the impact, but died as they were removing him from the aircraft. Another gentleman, Officer Repot died one day after they removed him from the airplane.


In a desperate attempt to salvage some of what they lost, Eastern Airlines salvaged much of the airplane and redistributed the parts among other aircraft in their fleet. Not long after the redistribution the sightings began. People reported seeing the ghosts of Repot and Loft in the planes that had received spare parts from Flight 401. Repo’s ghost was said to appear often. He appeared in the cockpit and the galley and seemed to be very concerned about safety. He pointed out fire hazards and safety concerns to whoever was present to listen. Loft’s ghost was also seen sitting in first class. One stewardess reports seeing him and thinking he was a stow away. She reported him to her Captain. The Captain recognized him immediately and then Loft vanished before his eyes. There were numerous reports like these from the dozens of planes containing 401 parts. The reports became almost epidemic.

Eastern Airlines rejected these claims and referred employees making them to see a counselor. When these stories didn't stop Eastern Airlines threatened to fire anyone who told ghost stories about flight 401. Despite their consistence rejection of the notion that the pieces of flight 401 were haunted, they finally did remove all the salvaged parts from their fleet. As soon as this was done, the sightings ended. A book was written about this very odd haunting called The Ghost of Flight 401. John Fuller wrote it. I haven’t read it yet. It is an older book, but I’m going to definitely put it on my list of reads.

In any case, 7500 will be on my must see list.  I have included the trailer below.   Enjoy!


8 comments:

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Haven't seen anything on this one yet - thanks for the heads up! I remember watching "Horror at 37,000 Feet" as a kid ('70's?). If a movie is done right, anyplace can be scary! ~*~Lisa

Jeffery said...

I remember seeing a History Channel Documentary about that!..Might be Ok!..I'm rather fond of Ghost Ships Myself,any mystery is a good mystery!
Cheers!

Adsila said...

I haven't heard about this movie but it does sound good.

Pale said...

I hadn't heard about the book or the movie. Interesting.

I remember a discussion once on a paranormal message board where my friend, the moderator and a veteran medium/investigator, started a topic about locations prone to activity. Among other places like theaters and hospitals, Airplanes and airports were listed as notorious by those "in the biz." I think the conclusion was that places with high energy/where emotions routinely run high make it easier for manifestations to appear because they can feed off the energy that is readily generated by the living (think of all the travelers who are anxious about flying ... all the ones who have said an emotional goodbye, who are anticipating their destination ...). Mix that with the recycled parts from the tragic wreck ....

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Little Gothic Horrors said...

The Flight 401 story sounds fascinating! The movie looks like it could be very creepy because people already feel vulnerable on an airplane without the added supernatural element.

Courtney Mroch said...

They spoke about the Eastern airline flight that crashed and possible ghost sightings on other planes that had the salvaged parts on Mysteries at the Museum. Apparently a museum in Miami has a piece of the crashed plane. And 7500 looks intriguing, doesn't it?

robert valderaz sgt. usaf vet said...

as the practice of canabalizing parts on military aircraft was used by the military. Almost always and event took place aboard the recieving aircraft. From minor glitches to inflight engine shutdowns to a crash. Events took place not even related to the part. as far as ghost no military man will say as for fear of being grounded. This happened alot during Viet Nam. So common in fact we would use holy water and bless the aircraft by sprinkling the nose before each misson. Many, many pilots refused take off till this ritual was preformed by the crewchief or flight engineer. the results were profound.