The cockpit of a Boeing 747 is struck by lightning during takeoff for a flight to Europe, fatally injuring the flight crew. Laurie, the senior flight attendant, enlists the aid of passenger Brett Young. They determine that the autopilot can bring the plane in for a landing, but soon learn that the autopilot is locking onto the transponders of airfields at random, including signals from small airports with runways too short to accommodate the jumbo jet. Meanwhile, federal officials on the ground who have lost radio contact with the jet debate whether the plane should be shot down to prevent a more disastrous crash in a heavily populated area. Written by
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Did You Know?
When the news cast airs the footage of the lightning striking the plane, it shows the plane from a side view obviously in level flight. This is supposedly the footage shot by the camera operator from the airport terminal area, impossible to get the side shot shown in the news clip from where the operator was standing. It is a scene more likely to be shot from a "chase plane". See more
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Referenced in Ma vie en l'air