One of the big draws of Robert Zemeckis's "Flight," which opens this Friday, is a stunning plane crash sequence in which a pilot played by Denzel Washington manages to avoid total disaster and save most of the passengers on board his faulty aircraft. Of course, for people afraid of flying, this same sequence could also be the biggest deterrent.

As for creating new aviophobes, it may have that effect on some people but nothing on a scale that the airline industry should worry about. Plane crashes and accidents have been depicted regularly in movies since the silent era, and while "Flight" proves that they keep getting more realistic, it's likely that if these fifteen precursors haven't already instilled a fear of flying in you, you should be fine.

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