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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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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-Taylor ...
Derek Green (as Ken Camroux)
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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. See more »

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13 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Alerte en plein vol  »

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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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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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Pretty entertaining or boring, which one?
15 May 2005 | by (Houston, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

Well, this movie is somewhat entertaining or boring. What's your opinion? There a lot of errors about the aircraft and a lot of other stuff. The aircraft, a Boeing 747, has a lot of errors in it. The plane would change its color from the Executive Decision livery, to plain white color, and finally red, white, and blue and with the "Royce Air" words. I don't even see any control wheel on the flight deck of the aircraft. The flight deck don't even look like the what the 747 has. As you look closely in the cockpit, you could see that the instruments are all burned up and so are the pilots. The pilots look like burnt charcoal. Why would a laptop control a 747? The oxygen masks came from the back of every seat instead of coming from the overhead. I don't know what else to say about the movie, because I haven't seen it in four years. I saw this film from the Fox Family channel before it became ABC family. Anyway, this film does kill time when you are bored.


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