A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandoes led by Major McCoy (Norris) and by Colonel Alexander (Marvin) as been called into service to eliminate all terrorists on the jetliner and who's involved in the hijacking and try to retake the plane before the terrorists kill all the hostages. Written by
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The Hijack....The Ordeal....The Rescue...
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The movie was originally to be produced with the cooperation of Delta Force's real-life founder and original commanding officer, Col. Charles Beckwith. The producers wanted to tell the story of Operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to rescue the American hostages from Iran in 1979, but they wanted to change the story so that Delta Force completed their mission successfully. Colonel Beckwith left the project in disgust. See more
Captain Campbell announces over the P.A. that the flight time from Athens to Rome is 55 minutes. While a flight between those cities would land 55 minutes later in Rome due to the time zone difference, the actual flight time would be of 1 hour 55 minutes. (Even at the Boeing 707's maximum speed of 620 miles per hour, an actual flight time of 55 minutes would be impossible because of climb and approach speeds, etc.) See more
[Coronel Alexander to Major McCoy
General Woodbridge is waiting for the 'Go Ahead' from the president, Im waiting for the 'Go Ahead' from General Woodbridge, and you are waiting for the 'Go Ahead' from me.
Referenced in Remote Control