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Panic in the Skies! (1996)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurie Ann Pickett
Brett Young
Ethan Walker
Flight Attendant
Billy Warlock ...
F.A. Matt Eisenhauer
Charles Buckman (as Howard G.H. Dell)
Robert Maloney
F.A. Charlene Davis
Tukey, Walker's Assistant
Darryl (as Mike Buie)
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
Derek Green (as Ken Camroux)
Donna Preston
Marc Baur ...
Ed Handler
Brett Stone ...
Lydia Chambers


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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Lightning has struck Flight 115. The pilots are dead. 350 people are trapped. There are two choices: shoot it down or risk crashing into a heavily populated area. See more »








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13 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Alerte en plein vol  »

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Altimeters on aircraft have the dial ranging from 0 to 9, indicating thousands of feet of altitude, and not 0 to 11. The flight deck's "altimeter" in the movie is actually a novelty clock designed to look like an altimeter. See more »


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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As bad as I was hoping
20 October 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie the other night on Lifetime Network only because I was expecting a classically bad made for TV movie. And I was not disappointed! Nothing in the movie makes a lick of sense and every possible disaster in air cliché is employed. Some of the scenes were just mind-numbing like the finale when the plane comes in to land. Whats with all of the emergency equipment lined up directly in the line of the landing! If you are looking for a good hoot like I was, then watch this movie. If not, then don't waste two hours of your life. One casting note. The best character was Erik Estrada playing an action movie matinée idol. What a hoot.

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