Film and Plot Synopsis
A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Quebec. The plane’s pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.
‘Island in the Sky’ Movie Summary
During a return run, Dooley and his crew encounter formidable weather conditions that begin to ice their plane over. Dooley lands the plane in the uncharted wild lands near the Quebec-Labrador border due to low visibility and icy conditions.
Unfortunately, they are unsure where they have landed specifically, and cannot radio their specific location to would be rescuers. To make matters even worse, the arctic conditions that they find themselves in as well as their lack of food make the crew’s chances of survival on land almost as bad as their chances in the sky.
Dooley’s men encounter extreme winter cold with temperatures plummeting to -70°F with visibility a mere few feet. Dooley’s co-pilot, Lovatt, dies during a storm after a whiteout prevents him from finding his way back to shelter. Things begin to look grim for Dooley and his crew.
However, Dooley’s pilot friends will not rest while their fellow airman’s life is in danger. The rag tag group of pilots begins a methodical search of the snow covered mountains, desperately listening for the ever fading radio signal from Dooley’s portable unit. They look for Dooley’s plane and smoke from the crew; but despite flying near Dooley’s landing site a couple of times, they just don’t see the small plane on the frozen lake.
Ultimately, the rescue teams make one last attempt to find the nearly frozen airmen, and fortunately, come across them in the nick of time. The rescue planes drop supplies and messages for the stranded airmen. The planes will soon return to save Dooley and his men from their island in the sky.
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