With the pilot dead, the President is forced to fly Air Force One, calling upon his experience 25 years ago flying light airplanes. However, when the plane is attacked by several Radek loyalists flying MiG bombers, it loses fuel to its engines and sustains major damage to the tail, rudder, and elevator, making it impossible to land safely. The bullets and shrapnel also cut hydraulic pipes, so the plane is running out of fuel. Consequently, a dangerous midair rescue is attempted. Air Force One is ziplinked by cable to a U.S. Air Force (USAF) Hercules C-130 Rescue plane, and parajumpers are dispatched to bring the survivors across. Although the President is supposed to be rescued first, he hangs back to let Grace, Alice, and wounded Chief of Staff (Paul Guilfoyle) go first, leaving Agent Gibbs (Xander Berkeley), Major Caldwell (William H. Macy), and the President yet to be transported. Just then, the final engine on Air Force One goes out, and the plane begins to descend steadily into an inevitable crash landing into the Caspian Sea. Suddenly, Gibbs pulls out a gun and turns rogue, shoots Caldwell and the last parajumper, and turns the gun on the President. They struggle for the zipline strap, which the President manages to secure to himself just as the zipline breaks from the door frame. The President is whisked out the door, leaving Gibbs behind. Gibbs is killed as Air Force One splashes and sinks into the water, while the President is pulled into the Hercules. After boarding the plane, Marshall is saluted by the American solders. When he is safely aboard, the Hercules pilot informs the anxious White House that the call name of the Hercules is now Air Force One, indicating that the President is on board. In the final scene, the Vice-President tears up the presidential incapacity order, the President hugs his family, and the F-15s resume their position flanking Air Force One as it brings the President home.