“Cone of silence” is a blind flying term signifying the correct approach position for an aircraft directed by radio control when weather conditions make it impossible for a pilot to see.
Bernard Lee plays Captain George Gort, a reliable, veteran, “fly by the book” pilot who is blamed when the (fictional) Phoenix jet airliner he is flying crashes at Ranjibad.
He insists that it was not his fault but is put through a gruelling flight test by Training Captain Dallas (Michael Craig) before he is allowed to resume his job.
Gort finds himself saddled with a verdict of “pilot error” which satisfies everyone except himself and his daughter Charlotte (Elizabeth Seal).
Nevertheless, certain employees of the airline are dubious about Gort’s ability even when he is officially commended for the way in which he brings a plane back safely after his windscreen has been shattered in a hailstorm.
Dallas, meanwhile, has fallen quite heavily for Charlotte and when Gort’s reputation as a pilot is once more unfairly at stake – following another crash, this time fatal – he does his utmost to exonerate him and finally establishes a fault in the plane’s flight instructions, narrowly averting another disaster.
It’s a fascinating and exciting suspense story with an exemplary cast.
Released in some markets as Trouble In The Sky.
Captain Clive Judd
Captain George Gort
Sir Arnold Hobbes QC
Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell
Stewardess Joyce Mitchell
First Officer Joynson
Charles Lloyd Pack