IN July 1989, a United Airlines jumbo crashed into an Iowa cornfield and burst into flames. Out of the 296 passengers on board, all 184 survivors of the initial impact were rescued and transported to hospital within 46 minutes. Their rescuers were residents of nearby Siouxland, and A Thousand Heroes (Pearl, 9.45pm, Original Running Time 95 minutes) tells how they came to pull-off such an efficient rescue mission. Richard Thomas (The Waltons) stars as civic-minded Gary Brown, while James Coburn (The Magnificent Seven) is the fire chief and Charlton Heston (The Ten Commandments) the pilot. WILL the person who hasn't as yet seen Fatal Attraction (World, 9.30pm, ORT 119 mins) please stand up? All right, it is a great thriller, but it's been on soooo many times. Still, for recent arrivals from Planet Zob, this is how it goes. Michael Douglas is a nice chappie, happily married to Anne Archer and the father of a lovely kid. Alas, when wife is away he's tempted into a weekend fling with Glenn Close (Dangerous Liaisons), but what was just a quickie for him turns into an obsession for her. She plagues him with phone calls, attacks his car and finally turns her wrath on his family. The nail-biting showdown between knife-wielding Close, petrified Archer and mad-as-hell Douglas is a real crowd-pleaser. ''BEST of British'' this week is Where The Spirit Lives (Pearl, 12.30am, ORT 97 mins), a joint production with Canadian television, shot on location in the Rockies. In 1937, a 12-year-old Blackfoot girl is taken from her home in an Indian reserve and relocated by the government to an English settlement. White society calls her new home civilisation, but for the girl it's foreign and hostile. Incidentally, the music's by Buffy Saint Marie, whom more senior citizens may remember as the singer of The Universal Soldier. DID you see last week's Star Trek: The Next Generation (Pearl, 7.35pm) - a classic courtroom drama about whether Data, as an android, was entitled to the civil rights of a human? With slavery-conscious Whoopi Goldberg prompting Cap'n ''Perry Mason'' Picard into delivering the outer-space equivalent of ''If you prick us, do we not bleed?'' speech - not strictly true in Data's case of course - it was wonderful, over-the-top stuff and not a dry eye was left in the living room. Anyway, this week's story involves young Wesley falling in love, which doesn't sound half as interesting until it's revealed his girlfriend's an allasomorph . . . enough said. HOT from his concert at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium last night, Bobby Brown - the singer whose main claim to fame nowadays is that he's married to Whitney Houston - will be slipping into a guest VJ slot on MTV (STAR, 11pm).