A bomb is planted on board an airplane, with an altitude-sensitive trigger. It will explode when the plane descends through the altitude of 5,000 feet, unless the ransom demanded is paid.
A madman, a bomb, and a crowded jetliner - in a skyful of drama and suspense!
Did You Know?
This early made-for-TV movie only received one NBC network airing as opposed to the usual two. The network shied away as it was thought that it was too detailed and could serve as a textbook for airplane terrorism. See more
The opening credits show a Boeing 707 making a landing approach, then the shot cuts to the landing gear of a B-52 touching the runway. See more
[the pilot has just landed the plane, and the bomb didn't go off
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Denver. Altitude 5,300 feet above sea level... And thanks be to God for every foot of it.
Spoofed in Airplane II: The Sequel