Emergency! (1972–1979)
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Survival on Charter #220 

Gage and DeSoto find themselves needing help in the field in the suburbs when a midair collision causes a plane crash in their vicinity.


Christian I. Nyby II, Hannah Louise Shearer (as Hannah L. Shearer) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julie London ... Dixie McCall, R.N.
David Ladd ... Paramedic Pete, Squad *51, LACoFD
Jay Hammer Jay Hammer ... Paramedic Charlie, Squad *51, LACoFD
Jason Evers ... Justin Manning
Barrie Youngfellow Barrie Youngfellow ... Christine
Rebecca York Rebecca York ... Debbie, the Stewardess
James A. Watson Jr. ... Lenny
Jim B. Smith ... Ed Crane
Peter D. Greene Peter D. Greene ... Ken Allen
Randall Carver ... Gene Wright
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Maureen Cox
George Petrie ... Dan Alden (as George O. Petrie)
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Tom Anderson
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Emma Alden
Ron Pinkard Ron Pinkard ... Dr. Mike Morton


One of a series of two-hour made-for-TV movies that feature most of the main cast (and some recurring cast members) of "Emergency!" after its run as a regular series. In this outing, an ill-fated DC-8 crashes down on a Los Angeles subdivision after a mid-air collision with a small plane (which lands in the LA River). Our heroes Gage and DeSoto are trapped while treating a young girl at her house; meanwhile, Squad 51 gets clobbered by one of the DC-8's engines! Written by Jason R. DeCesare

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Release Date:

25 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During the airplane crash fire, real Los Angeles County Firefighter Jim Howe of Engine 9 can be seen pulling fire hose to attack the fire. In 1991, Firefighter Specialist Howe was killed in the line of duty fighting a commercial fire in Huntington Park. Howe served at Station 9 in South Central Los Angeles from the mid 1970's until his death in 1991. Station 9 was later closed in the 1990's. Eighteen years after his passing, Engine 216 out of Watts Station 16 was renumbered Engine 9 in his honor. See more »


When Engine 60 arrives at the prop-jet crash in the basin, Captain Stone exits the engine to retrieve gear from the side compartment, then walks through ankle deep water to reach the crash scene. At the arrival time of Engine 60 as Captain Stone exits the rig, his boots and bottom half of pants are already wet, signifying that this was a 2nd. or 3rd. take in filming. Had it been the 1st. take and in real conditions, his boots and pants would have been dry. See more »


Followed by Emergency!: The Most Deadly Passage (1978) See more »

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Filming Location / 1986 Aeromexico Crash over Cerritos, CA
29 March 2016 | by susan-04475See all my reviews

Even though I was 8 years old when this episode first aired, I do remember it. I just watched it again on MeTV. (Netflix doesn't have any of the later episodes.)

This episode reminds me so much of the midair Aeromexico collision and crash in Cerritos, CA, that happened on August 31, 1986. A small plane (Piper PA-28-181 Archer) collided with the Aeromexico flight (DC9) over a residential area. The aftermath was much more horrific than the staged "Charter 200" crash.

I've driven through the neighborhood in Cerritos where the Aeromexico crash happened. There's no marker to memorialize what took place there. If you knew about the tragedy, you would notice the newer homes that replaced the structures that were damaged or destroyed. After 30 years, it's probably less noticeable now.

I read that Survival on Charter 220 was filmed in a neighborhood of abandoned homes in Compton, CA. The only street sign I could see throughout this episode was Lowbrook and Laurel. (Lowbrook is actually Willowbrook. Someone placed tape over that sign in an attempt to disguise it.) Willowbrook and Laurel no longer cross because of a new housing development that has since been built on the filming location. The cross streets are S. Willowbrook Avenue and E. Myrrh Street in Compton. If you Google Earth the location, you can see the Compton Court House to the left. This building was visible in many scenes. Many of the aerial shots were probably filmed from the roof.

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