Left in the lounge for first-class passengers, a letter warns of murders on Flight 502 -- and the warning is received a day early.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Kenyon Walker
Mona Briarly
Otto Gruenwaldt
Jack Marshall
Ray Garwood
Claire Garwood
Paul Barons
Robert Davenport
Karen White (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
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Charlie Parkins
Captain Larkin
Vera Franklin
Millard Kensington


A jumbo jet leaves New York. After the plane has departed, a note is found in the first class lounge with an ominous message left by a passenger threatening to kill some of the passengers. At first it is thought to be a sick joke, but soon a man posing as a priest and a stewardess are killed. It is up to the captain to find the killer before the body count increases. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Release Date:

21 November 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en el vuelo 502  »

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The uniforms worn by the airlines female crew members are actual TWA Stewardess uniforms worn during the winter months from 1968-1971. The same uniforms can be seen at the end of Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can". See more »


The passengers are supposedly sitting in the First Class lounge at JFK, although the Theme Building at LAX is clearly visible in the background. See more »


Referenced in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Typical 1970's Made-For-TV Film
25 May 2006 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

An ensemble cast of familiar Hollywood faces act, and attempt to act, in this low-budget whodunit, about a New York to London flight that has a psychopath on board. Polly Bergen hams it up as an alcoholic writer, and is fun to watch. Robert Stack plays the pilot, consistent with his serious, take-charge persona. Danny Bonaduce plays himself, more or less. Laraine Day's acting is fine but she needs more makeup. And hip looking Sonny Bono shows why he was wise to earn his living as a singer.

The film's sets look cheap, and the stereotyped characters are too perfunctory to spark much interest. The film's visuals look dated.

Given the suspects and the obvious red herrings, the whodunit puzzle is not that hard to solve. However, the plot twist at the end I did not see coming.

Even with a couple of obvious plot holes, "Murder On Flight 502" held my interest as a whodunit puzzle. But it has a "Producer Aaron Spelling" look and feel to it, with those cheap sets, bland dialogue, cardboard characters, and nondescript elevator music, all rather typical of assembly-line 1970's made-for-TV movies.

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