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Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976)

The co-pilot and engineer of a passenger jet struggle to keep the plane airborne until it can reach an open airfield after a killer aboard the plane fires a gun at an engine and pilot of the plane.

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Captain Pete Douglass
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Mike Fuller
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Stan Burkhart
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Dr. Joseph Mannheim
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Cathy Armello
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Susan Mackenzie (as Maggie Blye)
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Greco
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Marshal Riese
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Harry Jensen
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Cindy Jensen
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Glen Meyer
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Terry Dunlap
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Kitty Douglass
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Kent (as Bill Bryant)
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A Boeing 727 airliner belonging to Transcon Airways is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles en route to New York via a pit stop in Salt Lake City. Flight 602 is under the care of Captain Pete Douglas, First Officer Stan Burkhart and Second Officer Mike Fuller. The overall atmosphere on the flight is upbeat, despite Captain Pete Douglas' absent-mindedness due to his worries about his wife's upcoming surgery. Her doctors want to remove a lump in her breast before it becomes malign. The captain also worries about the announced snow storm that prompted some airports to close. He hopes to arrive to his destination in New York before the storm intensifies. The airplane makes its scheduled stop in Salt Lake City where it's refueled and takes on a few more passengers. Among the new passengers are an extradited prison inmate and his U.S. Marshals escort who are also traveling to New York. The aging Marshal has heart problems but is otherwise strong as a bull and is well armed. After leaving ... Written by nufs68

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12 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Boing 707 - Panikos stous aitheres  »

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At the time of the filming, co-stars Lynda Day George and Christopher George were married. See more »

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Trouble In The Air
1 July 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Robert Butler directed this TV movie that stars David Janssen as Pilot Captain Pete Douglass, who is having a bad day; his wife is having an operation while he must fly a passenger jet in a snowstorm from an airport that is also carrying a dangerous prisoner(played by Marjoe Gortner) in a jail transfer who of course escapes and proceeds to shoot his stolen gun in the cabin, causing all kinds of trouble. Past Oscar winners Ray Milland and Broderick Crawford costar. Good cast cannot save clichéd and predictable film that doesn't generate much interest or suspense. Mostly just a TV version of one of the "Airport" films that were popular in the 1970's.


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