why the crash?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #10
Why did the jet crash?
Why did the jet crash?
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UPDATE (11 January 2012):
Crumbling oxygen mask
And I thought you all were sci-fi movie specialists ;-) Well, here is some more information: The pilot died and his oxygen mask crumbled to powder—but why? If you know that, you’re close to the movie.

UPDATE and solution (11 January 2012):
Thorsten ‘Kueperpunk‘ Küper solved it without further ado: The pictures are taken from the movie The Andromeda Strain (Wise 1971), based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton (1969). The pilot died from an extraterrestrial microorganism or virus or life form, hence his jet crashed. Although the microscopic thing from outer space is at the centre of the story, the movie has a decidedly cyber- or biopunk ring, renders a nice cold-war ambience, and on the side criticizes the belief in thermonuclear weaponry as a final solution to problems.

CRICHTON, JOHN MICHAEL. 1969. The Andromeda strain. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
WISE, ROBERT EARL. The Andromeda strain [motion picture]. Universal City: Universal Pictures.
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  • klandestino Monday, 9th January 2012 at 12:40

    electromagnetic shockwaves ;)

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 9th January 2012 at 13:54

      That’s a good guess, but no, no electromagnetic pulse was responsible for the plane’s crash. Although thermonuclear warfare plays a role in the story.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 9th January 2012 at 14:13

    Dust in the engine?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 9th January 2012 at 14:13

    Birds in the engine?

  • 風露 Monday, 9th January 2012 at 18:51

    Out of fuel^^

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 9th January 2012 at 18:58

    too much xirdalium in the tank? :D

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 9th January 2012 at 22:19

    … not enough xirdalium?

  • klandestino Monday, 9th January 2012 at 22:36

    haha you funny guys ;) btw1: Birds in the engine remembers me of Indiana Jones pt.3, where Sean Connery flushes the birds on the beach to let ‘em crash with the nazi-aircraft. Dunno remember if it was a doubledecker…! “Lass meine Armeen Bäume und Felsen und Vögel am Himmel sein!”
    and btw2: I crashed my win7 yesterday evening because I wanted to try a new ubuntu version…f**…yeahyeah..don’t touch a running system
    backtotopic:
    The military was testing a computer controlled flight-system which suffered a system override an crashed.

  • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 10th January 2012 at 15:51

    No, everything wrong. Do you need more information? And, by the way, do I sense a certain lack of seriousness among you crowd?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 10th January 2012 at 20:57

    A bit more info would certainly do no damage … seriousness? >>Die Lage ist hoffnungslos aber nicht ernst!<<

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 11th January 2012 at 19:28

      The post has been updated with a new screencap and a bit more information :-)

  • Kueperpunk Wednesday, 11th January 2012 at 20:00

    The Andromeda Strain

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 11th January 2012 at 20:45

      That was in cold blood, swift and painless. ‘The Andromeda Strain’ is correct, congratulations! I updated the post accordingly. Tune in next Monday ;-)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 12th January 2012 at 16:41

    Nice … the German wikipedia gives a bit more info IMHO, some of which might not be so boring ;) :

    Die Spezialeffekte stammen von Douglas Trumbull, der durch seine Mitarbeit bei 2001: Odyssee im Weltraum und später Unheimliche Begegnung der dritten Art und Blade Runner bekannt wurde. Allein die Darstellung des Organismus kostete 250.000 US$.

    Trumbull erstellte für dieses Projekt auch die erste in einem Kinofilm verwendete Computeranimation. Dem damaligen Stand der Technik entsprechend wurde das dreidimensionale Drahtgittermodell des unterirdischen Labors zunächst auf einem Plotter ausgegeben und die Ausdrucke dann wie bei der Produktion eines Zeichentrickfilms nacheinander abfotografiert. Im Film stellt dann die Rückprojektionsleinwand einen großen Flachbildschirm dar, auf dem sich das Vektormodell des Labors langsam dreht und den Aufenthaltsort der Wissenschaftler mit ihren Initialen anzeigt.