Oceanic Flight 815

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{{Infobox Crash
=Oceanic Airlines Flight 815
=Flight 815, shortly before the crash
=Boeing 777-200
=Seth Norris
=September 22, 2004
=Los Angeles
=The Island

'''Oceanic Airlines Flight 815''' was a scheduled flight from Australia in Lost, Australia to Los Angeles, United States in Lost, United States, on a Boeing 777. On September 22, 2004 at 416 P.M., the airliner, carrying 324 passengers, deviated from its original course and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. This is the central moment in the series ''Lost'' and the personal chronological beginning of the main characters' exploits on the Island.

Flight 815's breakup and crash was due to Desmond Hume failing to enter 4 8 15 16 23 42the Swan station Swan computer, causing a large burst of electromagnetic energy. The true cause of the plane's off-course deviation and arrival to the Island's airspace was Jacob, the supernatural entity who protected the Island. Jacob brought the plane because many of the flight's passengers were candidates to replace him as protector of the Island. 

Two months after the crash, wreckage was found in the Sunda Trench in the Indian Ocean near Bali. All of the passengers were presumed dead. In reality, however, the discovered wreckage was staged by Charles Widmore. The real plane had suffered a mid-air break-up and crashed on an uncharted Island, with more than sixty-nine passengers and two crew members surviving the crash itself. Later, six of those survivors made it off the Island and became known as the Oceanic Six.

By late 2007, the Island's treacherous conditions and the violent battles between passengers, the Others's inhabitants, and Widmore's team killed nearly every passenger on the plane. As of the The End, only Kate Austen, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, James "Sawyer" Ford, Walt Lloyd, Rose Nadler, Bernard Nadler, Claire Littleton, Aaron Littleton, Emma, Zach, and Vincent were confirmed to still be alive. Cindy Chandler was the only crew member of the flight to survive the series. Some of the survivors were able to escape on Ajira Flight 316 which they had used to return to the Island after leaving. Hurley became protector of the Island and remained behind with Ben Linus. Rose and Bernard also stayed behind to live out the rest of their lives together, in harmony. Cindy, Emma and Zach also remained to live under Hurley's guard.

==Crew and passengers==
{{I=Oceanic815Boarding.jpg=200=right=Passengers getting ready to board Oceanic Flight 815}}
There were 324 people on the plane, including flight crew. {{crossref}} Frank Lapidus later claimed that he was originally supposed to pilot Oceanic Flight 815 on that day, but overslept and was replaced by Seth Norris. {{crossref}}{{crossref}}

Some of the passengers' Flight 815 seat numbers, and many of the main characters' row numbers seem to correspond with the Numbers. Other seat numbers have also been revealed on ABC-sponsored websites such as Oceanic-air.com, although this information is to be considered non-canonical.

===Travel reasons===
! Flight 815 Passenger !! Why in Australia? !! Why leaving Australia? !! Reasons referenced in
! Ana Lucia
Christian Shephard as his bodyguard after she murdered Jason McCormick and quit the LAPD. Teresa Cortez to return home and own up to what she did. {{ep}}
! Arzt
's internet woman"girlfriend"'s internet woman"girlfriend" ditched him in a restaurant "Tropical Depression"
! Bernard 
Rose to see Isaac of Uluru, a faith healer near Uluru (Ayer's Rock), on their honeymoon. . {{ep}} 
! Boone 
"rescue" Shannon from Bryan. . {{ep}} 
! Charlie 
, Liam, in hopes of reuniting Drive Shaft. Drive Shafts' "comeback tour" in Los Angeles. {{ep}}
! Christian
. Jack was bringing him back to LA. {{ep}}, {{ep}}, {{ep}}
! Cindy
. She works for Oceanic Airlines. Flight 815. {{ep}}, {{ep}}
! Claire
.  Los Angeles to give birth and supposedly deliver her Aaron to adoptive parents connected with Richard Malkin. {{ep}}
! Eko
Charlotte Malkin as a fake priest. , returning with fake passport for criminal dealings Caldwell was going to set him up with. {{ep}}
! Edward Mars
.S. marshal, looking for fugitive Kate. . {{ep}}
! Emma and Zack
. .A. {{ep}}
! Gary Troup
''Bad Twin''; visiting Cindy. , Cindy (flight attendant) The Lost Experience
! Hurley
Leonard Simms, he went looking for Sam Toomey, the man who Lenny heard the Numbers from. Finding Sam dead, he met instead with his widow, Martha Toomey. Carmen Reyes's birthday {{ep}}
! Jack
, Margo Shephard, was looking for his father, Christian Shephard., and bringing his body home. {{ep}}
! Jin
Mr. Paik's Rolex watch to an associate in Sydney.Mr. Paik's Rolex watch to an associate in L.A. {{ep}}, {{ep}}
! Joanna
Janelle Granger; mostly to go scuba diving . Diary
! Kate
.S. authorities, and had been working/living for three months on Ray Mullen's farm.Edward Mars arrested her and was bringing her back to be incarcerated. {{ep}}, {{ep}}
! Libby
. {{crossref}} 
! Locke
{{ep}} in the Outback., due to his disability. {{ep}}
! Michael
Brian Porter, went to pick up Walt, after Susan Porter's death, so he could live with him. . {{ep}}
! Nikki and Paulo
, at the time, guest starring on a Exposé (TV series); conning the director.  Paulo was her lover, aiding her in the con. . {{ep}}
! Rose
Bernard (who brought her to see Isaac).. {{ep}}
! Sawyer
Hibbs, was looking for the Anthony Cooper, the man who conned his mother (which in turn led his father to commit the murder-suicide). , after getting arrested for a bar fight. {{ep}}
! Sayid
Alyssa Cole and Robbie Hewitt to infiltrate a terrorist cell in Sydney by finding his old friend, Essam Tasir..A. to search for Nadia; stayed an extra day to bury Essam. {{ep}}
! Scott
, all expenses paid. . {{ep}}
! Shannon
Bryan. Boone after trying to con him.{{ep}}
! Sun
, but intending to abandon him at the airport..A. {{ep}} {{ep}}
! Vincent
Brian Porter's dog. Walt; traveling to U.S. to live with him and Michael. {{ep}}
! Walt
, Susan Lloyd, and adoptive father, Brian Porter., and his biological father, Michael, was bringing him home to live with him.{{ep}}

==The flight==
On September 22, 2004, at 215 pm local time, Oceanic Flight 815 left from gate 23, and took off from Sydney, Australia, scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles at 1042. {{crossref}} Sayid Jarrah later commented that the plane traveled in a northeastern direction, typical of commercial airliners on this route. {{crossref}}

Approximately six hours into the flight, Flight 815 encountered problems with their radio. Having lost contact with ground control, the Seth Norris decided to alter course and "turn back" towards Fiji. Approximately two hours later, having traveled more than 1000 miles off their planned course, the plane hit turbulence, which eventually resulted in the plane's crash. {{crossref}}

Eight hours after take-off would put Oceanic 815 on the Island around 1015pm Sydney time, later local time since they were flying eastward (Fiji is 2 time zones later, Tahiti is 4). However, it was clearly mid-day when the plane lands, and on the printout from the Pearl found by Locke and Eko, it is clearly shown that the Swan's system failure occurred on September 22, 2004, at 416 PM. {{crossref}} This is another indication of the time discrepancy the Island and the outside world. {{crossref}} Similarly, Ajira Flight 316 jumped from night to day after experiencing severe turbulence following a bright yellow-white flash. {{crossref}}

==Electromagnetic buildup==
{{I=DesmondAnger2x23.jpg=left=200=Desmond explains to Locke how he System Failure. {{crossref}}}}
On September 22, 2004, Desmond Hume, who had been helping maintain the DHARMA Initiative's the Swan on the Island for the past three years, failed to enter the Numbers into the Swan computer in time after having accidentally killed Kelvin Inman. This resulted in a system failure and an electromagnetic buildup. Although Desmond eventually managed to reset the Swan's countdown, he wasn't fast enough, as the electromagnetic force had been strong enough to pull down the plane and cause it to break apart in mid-air. Desmond didn't come to realize his role in the crash until more than two months later. {{crossref}}

In the Lost The Complete Third Season (DVD)Access Granted, ''Lost'' writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse explained that Desmond's failure to push the button caused electromagnetic forces to build up which interfered with the plane's instrumentation, causing it to crash on the Island.

== The crash ==

{{I=Oceanicbreakoutside.jpg=200=right=The crash of Oceanic Flight 815 as seen from the Barracks. {{ep}}}}
After hitting turbulence, the plane began rapidly to descend and then underwent a mid-air break-up. {{crossref}} {{crossref}} The tail section broke off first, and crashed into the ocean. Most of the survivors had to swim to the beach, with the exception of Bernard Nadler, whose seat ended up in a tree in the jungle not too far from the beach. 23 passengers from the tail section initially survived the crash. {{crossref}}

Moments later, the front/cockpit section and the middle sections crashed on the other side of the Island. The front section crashed in the jungle, and as far as is known, everyone except the pilot was killed upon impact. Meanwhile, the middle section crossed over the island - dropping Jack Shephard in the jungle near the shore - and came to land on the beach, where the majority of the survivors landed. Sayid told Kate that the fuselage first cart-wheeled through the jungle before landing on the beach, which would explain why the middle section was seen lying at a 45 degree angle, with the seats on the ceiling of the plane, as well as facing backwards (the Oceanic logo, which was at the front of the plane, was clearly seen pointing back towards where the plane came from at the crash site). {{crossref}} 48 passengers from the main fuselage section survived the crash, although Gary Troup was killed only moments later when he was sucked into an engine and caused it to explode. {{crossref}}

Other debris scattered the Island, including the cargo compartment which landed mainly around the caves {{crossref}}, and a number of seats which landed in a natural Waterfall in the jungle. {{crossref}}

== The search ==
{{I=Flameoceanicsearch.jpg=200=left=Ben, Juliet and Mikhail watch news coverage about the disappearance of Oceanic Flight 815 inside the Flame.}}
Family members of those onboard only found out the plane was missing when they got to the arrival gate. News coverage about the mysterious disappearance of the plane was soon given a lot of airtime on channels such as WN News and even on Greek, Italian and Arab television. Immediately after the plane's crash on the Island, Mikhail Bakunin started monitoring the news coverage from The Flame, and informed Benjamin Linus and Juliet Burke about the information he had been able to gather thus far once they arrived there. {{crossref}} It is currently still unclear how long the media coverage continued, and whether the search for the plane was still going on by the time of the purported discovery of the wreckage.

Even though Michael Dawson returned to the USA with his son Walt in December 2004, the two assumed false identities and didn't tell anyone about their whereabouts during the preceding two months, nor did they tell anyone about the Island or the other survivors of Flight 815. {{crossref}}

In the ''Find 815'' alternate reality game, it was revealed that Oceanic executives later expressed profound disappointment that despite conducting the largest search operation in the company’s history, no trace of Flight 815 had yet been found. The abandonment of the search drew protests from relatives of the 324 missing persons, amongst them dozens of Ocenanic employees, like Sam Thomas. According to GMN World News, it was expected that the passengers of Flight 815 would be officially declared deceased. The events from the ''Find 815'' ARG are not considered LostpediaCanon.http//www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20179125_4,00.html

== Purported discovery of the wreckage ==
{{I=815crashsiteBali.jpg=200=right=The staged wreckage of Flight 815. {{crossref}}}}
A little more than two months after the crash, purported wreckage of Flight 815 was discovered by remote operated vehicles deployed by a salvage ship, the ''Christiane I'', in the Sunda Trench of the Indian Ocean near the Indonesian island of Bali, about 2800 miles north-west of Sydney, 90 degrees out from the flight's presumed route north-east to Los Angeles.  Footage of the bodies of crew members and passengers was released to the media for television broadcast, and an Oceanic hotline for their family members was established by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. However, Frank Lapidus, upon watching a news broadcast about the discovery of the wreckage, quickly came to the conclusion that a body claimed to be that of the plane's pilot, Seth Norris, wasn't actually him and knew that the discovery was fake. {{crossref}}

{{I=4x02 TV News2.jpg=left=200="Accidental" discovery of the wreckage. {{crossref}}}}
On the Island, both Naomi Dorrit and Anthony Cooper independently informed the Flight 815 survivors that the entire plane wreckage and the bodies of all its passengers had been found. {{crossref}} Later, Captain Gault of the freighter ship ''Kahana'', sponsored by Charles Widmore, showed Sayid and Desmond the flight recorder of Flight 815 Widmore had salvaged from the wreckage, and stated that as far as he was concerned, the wreckage found in the Sunda Trench was staged, thereby causing the assumption that Benjamin Linus was responsible.{{crossref}} Meanwhile, Tom (Mr. Friendly)Michael Dawson with evidence that suggested that Widmore was responsible due to his desire to find the plane on his own terms. {{crossref}} Miles was contacted by Naomi to "read" a Felix; Miles gathered that the man, Felix, had died while bringing Widmore evidence relating to the faked wreckage. {{crossref}}  This seemed to be the same evidence Tom showed Michael.

An alternate version of the events leading up to the discovery of the wreckage was depicted in the ''Find 815'' alternate reality game. Here, it was a single ROV operated by Sam Thomas that discovered the wreckage while the ''Christiane I'' was searching for the ''Black Rock'', whereas in {{ep}}, two ROVs were used, one of them being operated by a man named Ron and the other by an unnamed fellow member of his crew.

Charles Widmore later admitted to his son Daniel Faraday, when he offered him a job on the freighter, that he set up the fake wreckage of flight 815 to achieve his goal of finding the actual plane .{{crossref}}

== The Oceanic Six ==
Six of the survivors of Flight 815 eventually made it off the Island, namely Jack Shephard, Kate Austen, Aaron Littleton, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, Sayid Jarrah, and Sun-Hwa Kwon. {{crossref}} The "Oceanic Six" Oceanic Six press conference(but not ''the'' Island), claiming that only three other people (Boone, Libby, and Charlie) in addition to them actually survived the crash of the plane, and eventually died on the island before the remaining six were rescued. {{crossref}} {{crossref}}

{{main(flash-sideways timeline)}}
After the detonation of the hydrogen bomb, a flash-sideways timeline was revealed in which Oceanic Flight 815 landed safely at Los Angeles.  The safe landing occurred even though some of the events of the original flight still transpired, such as the turbulence that preceded the crash. {{crossref}}

=="Not meant to be"==
Most - if not all - of the  core survivors of Oceanic 815 were not supposed to be on the plane, or could quite have easily avoided it altogether. For most of them, there was a reason why they should not have been on that plane or even out of Australia, adding to the sense of tragedy to the narrative, and connecting to the recurring theme of fate.

===Canonical characters===
*Jack - Had he not heatedly argued the point, he would not have been allowed on the plane with his Christian Shephard's Christian's coffin. {{crossref}}
*Kate and Edward Mars - Had she not helped Ray Mullen, she would have still been on the run in Australia.  It is most likely that Mars would still be there too. {{crossref}}
*Sawyer - Had he not gotten in a fight with an Australian government official in a bar, he would not have been deported. {{crossref}}
*Locke - Had he informed the Melbourne Walkabout Tours, they would have denied his application.  Once in Australia, Locke also should not have been let on the plane, as Oceanic didn't have a boarding wheelchair for him. {{crossref}}
*Sun and Jin - Had Jin not taken out a lotus flower, Sun would have run away from the airport and he would have stayed to look for her. {{crossref}}
*Claire - Had Richard Malkin not pressured her into taking the trip, the heavily pregnant Claire would not made a long international flight. Also, had one of her two pens worked, Claire would have signed papers giving custody of Aaron to the Arlene and Joseph Stewart. {{crossref}}
*Sayid - Had he not stayed in Australia to claim his friend Essam Tasir's body, Sayid would have been on the flight the day earlier. {{crossref}}
*Shannon and Boone - Had Boone trusted his instincts concerning his sister and her earlier cries for help, or had Bryan refused to take Boone's money, they would not have been going back to the U.S. together. {{crossref}}
*Michael and Walt - Had Michael relented in his quest for custody of Walt, or had Walt's mother Susan Lloyd not died, or had her husband Brian Porter not believed Walt bad luck, Walt would have remained in Australia and Michael in America. {{crossref}}
*Hurley - Had Hurley not deftly overcome the many impedances and hassles he encountered on his way to Gate 23, which would have deterred any less fanatical traveler, he would not have caught his flight. {{crossref}}
*Charlie - Had Liam agreed to rejoin Drive Shaft, or had Charlie taken Liam up on his offer of shelter while he got clean from his heroin addiction, Charlie might have stayed in Australia with his brother past the flight date. {{crossref}}
*Ana Lucia - Had she not killed Jason McCormack and agreed to go with Christian Shephard to Australia to protect him, she would never have been on the flight. {{crossref}}
*Eko - Had Eko's monsignor not pressured him to investigate the miracle Eko didn't believe in to begin with, or had Eko extended his investigation, he would have left Australia on another flight. {{crossref}}
*Arzt - Had his date not disappeared or had he stayed to see the Sydney bar scene, he wouldn't have purchased a ticket for an earlier flight back to Los Angeles. {{crossref}}
*Nathan - Had he not stayed behind on holiday to sightsee after his company outing, he would have been on an earlier flight. {{crossref}}
*Joanna - Had she not gotten an ear infection, she would not have had to bump her flight 2 days. {{crossref}}
*Seth Norris - Had Frank Lapidus not overslept and reported to duty as the pilot of Oceanic Flight 815, Norris would not have been aboard. {{crossref}}

===Non-canonical characters===
*Faith Harrington - Had to book an early flight, due to her boyfriend killing one of her mentors.  {{crossref}}
*Dexter Cross - Stayed behind with girlfriend and her brother, instead of returning on a different flight. {{crossref}}

===Aircraft model===
{{I=777Blueprints_zps800b8fad.jpg=200=right=Blueprints for a Boeing 777-200 in Oceanic Airlines livery.}}
{{I=Lockheedfuselage.jpg=right=200=The Lockheed L-1011 fuselage prop in its PortalFilming Locations}}
* The aircraft that was depicted in the crash is in fact an ex-Delta Airlines Lockheed L-1011.
* The Boeing 777 is one of the safest aircraft used for commercial transport, with only 12 accidents and incidents involving the model since its debut.
**The first hull-loss incident, the crash landing of WikipediaBritish Airways Flight 38, 2008, was minor, with no Life and death resulting from the incident and only 47 injuries.
**The second hull-loss event was a fire in an EgyptAir 777 on July 29, 2011.  The incident did not involve any injuries or fatalities.
**The third hull-loss incident was much more notable.  On July 6, 2013, WikipediaAsiana Airlines Flight 214.  Out of the 307 people on board the aircraft, three were killed.
**In an event eerily similar to LOST, on March 8, 2014, WikipediaMalaysia Airlines Flight 370.  The incident provides a look into what the disappearance of Flight 815 might have been like in the real world, with US news media covering the event of the disappearance nearly exclusively for two weeks.  However, even eight months after the disappearance, search efforts continue to find the missing plane.
**On July 17, 2014, WikipediaMalaysia Airlines Flight 17, another Boeing 777, was shot down over the Ukraine.  Militant factions of Ukrainians and Russians had already been battling over the nearby border for months.  Early, supposedly authentic audio of phone conversations between Ukrainian rebels of shooting down an aircraft around the same time and near the same location as MH 17 was released, though insufficient evidence to support blame for any one side means that it is not clear who actually shot down the aircraft.  The incident sparked widespread international backlash at both the Ukraine and Russia for their failure to resolve the ongoing conflict.
* The 777 can take heavier turbulence than the human body can withstand.  It is also fully automated with all manual backups and multiple backup systems for the transceiver.

*The show premiered on September 22, 2004, the same day as the crash. The crash date was confirmed narratively  when Locke told Desmond the date. {{crossref}}
**September 22, 2004 was the date of the autumnal equinox, the moment the Sun crosses the plane of the equator from the northern hemisphere.
===Total number of passengers===  
* There were 324 total passengers and crew aboard Flight 815, with at least six of those being crew members. This corresponds to the numbers 108 x 3 = 324. {{crossref}}

===Unofficial TV station websites===
{{I=Manifest.jpg=200=right=An unofficial flight manifest from the ''Lost The Untold'' website.}}
*A British website, Lost The Untold, which was set up by Channel 4, a TV station that aired the first two seasons of ''Lost'' in the UK, offered a flight manifest for Oceanic Flight 815 that is inconsistent with information stated on the show itself, as well as details from the Oceanic-air.com website.
*A German site, 108minuten.de, which was set up by Pro Sieben, a TV station that airs ''Lost'' on free TV in Germany, also offers a flight manifest (by entering "oceanic", then "815" and then "manifest") that contains the names of other survivors that were never stated on the show itself. However, some of the names on the flight manifest are taken from the Lost The Untold website, while others appear to have been added by Pro Sieben themselves, without any direct involvement from the ''Lost'' producers, since it contains numerous errors (Joanna's name, for example, is incorrectly stated as "Ranting, Joanna", whereas Rose and Bernard's last name is stated as "Bernstein"). So this list has to be considered non-canonical. In addition to the manifest, there's also an "official flight transcript" that indicates that the Pilot (flight 815)Sydney Airport when the plane crashed, which contradicts his recount of how he lost communication with the ground prior to the crash in {{ep}}.

===Outside references===
{{I=Create your profile 1239977790812.png=200=right=In Google Profile settings page, Oceanic 815 is pre-listed as an example of things Google can't find.}}
* In the second episode of the show ''Outside references to Lost'' on NBC, Chuck is being "tested" to see what data he knows from the government secrets that he witnessed.  In this scene, he is told to say whatever first comes to mind about pictures that he sees.  He says, "Oceanic Flight 815 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile...". (While the last part of the phrase isn't totally clear when listening, closed-caption confirms what is said.) Then the scene cuts.
* In the episode ''Inferno'' of the 2005/2006 cartoon series ''Transformers Cybertron'', the pilot of a military jet fighter identifies himself as "Oceanic Flight 815, requesting clearance for landing" right before the Decepticon Thundercracker scans the plane and adopting its form as his new disguise. The plane's ID code was one of many pop-cultural in-jokes explicitly added for the English dub of the show.
* In a preview of the iPhone OS 3.0, Phil Schiller was demonstrating copy and paste into an email for a flight to Hawaii, and Oceanic Flight 815 was one of the flight options.
* When creating a profile using Google's GMail, under the "A little personality" section, Oceanic Flight 815 is used as an example for "Something I can't find using Google."
* In the ending credits of the PC version of X-Men OriginsWolverine special thanks is given to Flight 815.

==Possible inspirations==
* "Oceanic Feeling" - In Chapter I of his book, ''http//www.freud.org.uk/religion6.html Civilization and Its Discontents'', Sigmund Freud discusses a letter he received from his friend, the French novelist and mystic Romain Rolland.  In this letter, Rolland describes what he calls the "Oceanic" feeling - that is, a feeling of eternity, a deep and innate connection with all things, a "oneness" with the world.  Rolland, a "Man of Science, Man of Faith", sees this "Oceanic" feeling as being the primal source of all religion, but itself independent of any particular religion.  Freud, an atheist and avowed "Man of Science, Man of Faith" disagrees.  While he admits that many people may experience this "Oceanic" feeling, he locates its source not in some mystical feeling of connection, but in an infantile helplessness experienced when confronted with a hostile world and the subsequent longing for the protection and guidance of the father.  For Freud, this "Oceanic" feeling is "sustained by fear of the superior power of Fate."

==External links==
* http//www.progonos.com/furuti/MapProj/Normal/CartProp/Geodesic/geodesic.html Map Projections - Geodesic

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