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Airline crash movie set

Airline crash movie set

Nov. 27, 1991: A fake plane crash on a bridge at Center Street in Piru is set for the opening scenes of the Columbia Pictures movie “Hero.”

This photo, published in the Dec. 3, 1991, Los Angeles Times, accompanied a short story about a movie that needed some specialized extras:

Columbia Pictures is looking for a few real-life rescue workers and journalists to staff a make-believe emergency in Piru Creek.

Bill Dance, casting director of “Hero” starring Dustin Hoffman, has been charged with finding 18 firefighters, nine police officers, two sheriff’s deputies and eight paramedics, as well as an eight-member news crew, to react to the plane crash that opens the movie .…

The extras were located. Four nights of filming started on Dec. 9.

Released on Oct. 2, 1992, “Hero” received mixed reviews. Columbia Pictures lost about $25 million on the movie.

Columbia spent nearly $400,000 on the Piru crash scene. A junked jet was trucked in from a Mojave Desert aircraft graveyard.

1991: Set of movie Hero in Piru.

December 1991: After seeing Lawrence Ho’s image above, I went and took my own version of the movie set. Credit: Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times.

1 Comment

  1. January 25, 2016, 9:25 am

    This is really cool. I would love to see this up close

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