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Panic in the Skies! (1996)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  13 October 1996 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Laurie Ann Pickett
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Brett Young
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Ethan Walker
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Flight Attendant
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F.A. Matt Eisenhauer
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Charles Buckman (as Howard G.H. Dell)
Robert Maloney
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F.A. Charlene Davis
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Tukey, Walker's Assistant
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Darryl (as Mike Buie)
Ken Camroux ...
Derek Green
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Donna Preston
Marc Baur ...
Ed Handler
Brett Stone ...
Lydia Chambers
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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 Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Terror at 35,000 Feet, and Falling.

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Alerte en plein vol  »

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In the beginning they show the aircraft arriving at the gate being pulled by a tow tractor AND someone guiding the plane in. In the real world you do not have both. Also on departure the plane is just rolling back from the gate on it's own. While some aircraft can power back (using the engines instead of a tractor) no airline would do this with a 747, and there would be a ground crew present. See more »

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Ethan Walker: You get me back in the habit of saying please and thank you, and I'll buy you a cat.
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Referenced in Ma vie en l'air (2005) See more »

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12 January 2006 | by (Stoke-on-Trent) – See all my reviews

Oh-oh, the pilot's dead... So who's going to fly the plane home? Yes it's another variation on the old Airport theme, with a cast of TV movie stars looking either very panicky or firm-jawed in the face of disaster. I'm watching this as I type. It's so deliciously bad I can barely keep my eyes off it! The script is so bad it deserves some kind of award. Kate Jackson comes to the aid of a pregnant woman who wonders if her belt is too tight - never fear, Kate undoes the belt for her! Hurrah! Furthermore, unable to communicate with the pilots or access the cockpit Kate wonders aloud who's flying the plane. Very moving stuff. Tell your friends that they must hunt this film down. It's transcendentally boring!


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