A hijacked plane lands at LAX, complete with terrorists making demands. Also on board is a deadly virus, which threatens everyone on board, including the perpetrators. Quincy must find an antidote, while maintaining the trust of the hijackers, before it's too late. Written by
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The aircraft shown in most exterior views is a Convair 880, a short-lived and rather unpopular type once used by around a dozen airlines. The specific aircraft shown was initially flown by Japan Airlines, and was owned by Century 2000 at the time of the Quincy episode. Subsequently, it was converted to a freighter and flown by Profit Express, Aero American Corporation, and Central American Airways, before being scrapped at Puerto Rico in 1985. See more
The aircraft used in most of the episode is the unpopular and short-lived Convair 880. However, at various points in the episode - and especially in the initial moments - other aircraft are used as substitutes. On approach, a Convair 880 is shown, followed by closeup of main gear extension on an unidentified high-wing passenger aircraft, shot out of the window. A United Airlines 747 in its original livery is then shown on final approach, followed by a closeup of the main body gear of a 747 at touchdown. (This is accompanied by the de rigeur touchdown sound used in most 1970s TV shows.) Cockpit video also appears to be from a different aircraft type, but the interior video does seem to have been shot in a Convair 880. See more