The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 2, Episode 3

Pilot Error (22 Sep. 1974)

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Senator Ed Hill is facing charges after crashing an airplane he was piloting. Colonel Steve Austin is asked to look into the case. Oscar Goldman reminds him that the Senator was directly ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Senator Hill
Alfred Ryder ...
Joe Lannon
Susanne Zenor ...
Airman Jill Denby (as Suzanne Zenor)
Greg Hill
Chet Douglas ...
Hank Stohl ...
A.F. Maj. Phillips
Dennis McCarthy ...
A.F. Doctor
Hank Brandt ...
Master Sgt. Cole


Senator Ed Hill is facing charges after crashing an airplane he was piloting. Colonel Steve Austin is asked to look into the case. Oscar Goldman reminds him that the Senator was directly responsible for the funding of Austin's bionics. On the way back Steve shares a small private plane with the Senator, his son and his chief aide, when they are caught in bad weather and Hill's reflexes once again falter. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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22 September 1974 (USA)  »

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The plane's cowl is open in the close-up shots as the plane is coming in to crash-land, yet in the wide-angle shots, the cowl is closed. See more »


Col. Steve Austin: Well thanks for the ride, Oscar. I'll try and forget the conversation.
Oscar Goldman: This conversation's not over yet, Steve. I asked you to give a guy a break. I think you're entitled to know why. The fact is: I owe Senator Edward Hill, and so do you.
Col. Steve Austin: How?
Oscar Goldman: Two years ago, I needed six million dollars for a very special project. He ran that money through the senate appropriations committee with no questions asked because he respeced my need for secrecy. To this day he doesn't know where that money went.
Col. Steve Austin: I see...
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26 May 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Steve Austin(Lee Majors) is assisting in a simulated recreation of a plane crash involving a powerful Senator(played by Pat Hingle) who may have made a pilot error that killed his co-pilot. Steve is pressured by Oscar Goldman(Richard Anderson) to give the Senator a break at the inquiry, as it was he who got the six million dollars in funding that gave him his bionics. Fate takes a hand as they, along with the Senator's son and aide, are flying back home when the plane is caught up in bad weather, making an emergency landing that tests all four of them in unexpected but pivotal ways if they are to survive this ordeal... Good episode works as a character study in both senses of the word.

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