Whisky Romeo Zulu

Synopsis: The film tells the story prior to the accident LAPA Boeing 737 on 31 August 1999 after hitting an embankment in central Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Directed and performed by a former pilot of the same company, this film reveals a complex web of complicity between the Air Force and the company to circumvent security controls in order to obtain greater economic benefit in operations.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Enrique Piñeyro
  6 wins & 7 nominations.
105 min

Let's go!

Let's go, 3- 1- 4- 2.

Let's go.

- Do i turn this off?

- Yes.

6, 2, 8, 8... 52,

report clearing 3000.

Start switches?

- Low ignition.

- Transponder.

- On.

- Strobe light.


- the girls?

- "Seatated"

- did you seat them?

- No, you.

Cabin crew, prepare

for take-off.

Taking off, one, two.

Taking off.

Move over, adrian,

or i'll run over you.

- No, no, no, no...

- who's next?

What the hell is going on?

Good morning, follow me.

I don't know what it is,

but everything is ok.

Eighty knots.

Holding short, good evening,


Good morning.

Good morning.


Let's start.

It's 3:
55 am, and it's pouring...

over buenos aires. The storm

will be clearing by sunrise.

Cut it out.

- Congratulations, captain.

- Thanks.

Weather is fixed,

good weather.

How much do you want?

- What's our alternate?

- Crdoba.

- Passengers?

- Sixty-two.

- Cargo?

- None.

- Make it ten thousand - eight.

- Athousand - eight?

- Ten thousand - eight.

- Oh, ten thousand - eight.



How wonderful!

Would you take a picture?

Let's show the stripes.

I'm a captain, right?

- Captain.

- Everything ok?

Yeah. Hydraulic leakage in a flap.

Maintenance says it's within tolerance.

Anything else?

The apu starts false fire alarms.

They said not to use

the fire-extinguisher.

Yeah, right...

the company grows

and uniforms shrink.

- Are we giving these out?

- Yes, why?


"Four planes close to collision."

I guess not.

- Gordo?

- Yes.

Request start up,

there are delays.

- Where's the purser?

- No idea.

Aeroparque, one-five-zero

requests start up.

Hey, come here!

- Hey!

- What?

We're number nine for start up.

- The fire-extinguisher is empty.

- We don't have any in stock.

I can't fly without it.

It's been like this for a week.

That's not my problem.

Get me a fire-extinguisher.

Leave it to me.

Captain, what's your estimate

for boarding?

When we finish refueling and

we get the fire-extinguisher.

Captain, there's no coke.

- Can't we board while refueling?

- No.

Gordo, tell catering

to bring the coke.

And the papers are missing.

Sandra, block it off

before somebody trips.

Traffic requests boarding.

I've just spoken to them.

Fire-extinguisher dealt with.

- Are you ok?

- I'm great.

- To board, i mean.

- Of course.

"Dear madam,

i'm writing to you because

something unexpected occurred,

and i would like you to know.

I guess i should introduce myself,

and i should start

by telling you my name.

But i won't since i doubt

you'll remember me.

So i'll introduce myself otherwise.

We went to the same school,

and i took bus number one...

with the famous driver, "cholo".

Nothing could beat the feeling,

of passing by you on

my way to the back.

This was the best part

of my day.

No doubt, looking at you

for a few seconds...

was worth the ride.

I remember an event,

which gave me vague hope...

that your indifference

wasn't such.

I was talking to luigi...

- do you know marcela fabbri?

- No, why?

She told me that

you knew each other.

- She really said that?

- Yes, why?

Well... it's just strange!

Well done! Great!

You guys are fantastic!

Why don't you just sit down,

chat and forget the game!

"We lost because of that goal,

but i felt like a winner

after years of loving you

in silence,

here at last was a sign

that you had noticed me.

Adolescence wasn't easy...

and i went through many things,

including an indelible love.

The love i had for you."

- Hi.

- Hi.

- How are you?

- Fine.

- How did it go?

- Fine.

Request descent.

Mendoza, 150 calling.

Mendoza, 150 calling.

Mendoza, 150 calling.

Go for blind transmission.

Mendoza, 150

transmitting blind,

no dme.

Estimating 55 miles out,

request descent.

Vor doesn't work either.

Tune in to radio nihuii,

see if we get a bearing.

Ladies and gentlemen, this

is the captain speaking.

The air traffic control

of the argentine air force...

with its usual efficiency,

is apparently in a complete

power failure.

We have no radio contact

or assistance,

and we'll keep flying

in a holding pattern.

If we can't establish contact

within the next 20 minutes,

we'll have to proceed to

our alternate airport.

A fax from com. Trapattoni,

of the air regions command.

He's very upset, and the boss

wants you to apologize.

Tell the commodore

to fix mendoza's vor...

so i don't have to use a broadcasting

to find the airport.

First flight as a captain

and you already raised hell.

- I did nothing!

- They set you up?

Come on, adrian,

you know how it is!

We started here together.

- But now i'm your boss.

- And the beard?

- What about it?

- Look at yourself.

- Up to 3mm is ok.

- De angelis doesn't like it.

I don't want to argue with you.

The company is growing,

and we have to help!

Could it be swelling,

not growing?

Maybe this isn't the company

for people like you.

Is that a compliment?

I thought a promotion

would stop silly comments.

Your tickets. You're leaving

on monday for the simulator.

And this is the latest

operations bulletin.


Did you read the bulletin?

- No.

- Here. Read it.

"No doubt we will achieve it.

With our efforts,

and god's help, we'll be able

to show a 99/o fulfillment...

and a very high efficiency level.

We have plenty of human resources.

Just make an effort.

Let's go for it!"

But this is crazy...

imagine the passengers' faces...

knowing that we need

god's help to fly.

We could pray the rosary

before take-off.

Or three our father

to save fuel.

- Luigi, i'm going with you.

- Fine, let's go.

- Bye, gordo.

- Bye, guys.

We're going to simulator

training to rio.

Why to rio?

We don't have simulators here.


Stop drinking!

No, we go every six months.

You snore very loud.

- You'll snore when you grow up.

- No, i won't.

Why did you get divorced?


she was mean, and she hit me.

Come on, why?

Because 95/o of all marriages

don't work out.

- Mom and dad worked out.

- They must be in that 5/o.

Who broke up, she or you?

- She did.

- Why?

I'm not sure.

I think she doesn't like pilots.

As soon as i know something

i'll call you, ok?

Are you sad?

Dad says to lock the door...

and take the keys.

We can't be flying like this. Have

you read the operations bulletin?

Of course.

Don't be dumb.

Just do your job.

Shut up and

be more diplomatic.

Don't be a fool.

Before you start fighting,

consider what's at stake.

Very well, apologies accepted.

Make sure it doesn't happen again.


with all due respect,

worse things are happening.

What do you mean?

Mendoza had a total

electrical failure.

What if i needed to make

an emergency landing?

What do you expect?

We're in argentina.

"More than becoming a pilot,

i wanted to marry you.

Nothing, absolutely nothing,

could beat the feeling,

of that november 28, 1969.

You turned to me, so naturally,

and trapped my mind and senses

with this question:"

Which book do you use?

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