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Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976)

The co-pilot and engineer of a passenger jet struggle to keep the plane airborne until it can reach an open airfield after a killer aboard the plane fires a gun at an engine and pilot of the plane.

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

Austin Ferguson (teleplay), Dick Nelson (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Captain Pete Douglass
Don Meredith ... Mike Fuller
Christopher George ... Stan Burkhart
Ray Milland ... Dr. Joseph Mannheim
Lynda Day George ... Cathy Armello
Margaret Blye ... Susan Mackenzie (as Maggie Blye)
Marjoe Gortner ... Greco
Broderick Crawford ... Marshal Riese
Tom Drake ... Harry Jensen
Christopher Norris ... Cindy Jensen
Hari Rhodes ... Belson (as Harry Rhodes)
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Glen Meyer
Shani Wallis ... Terry Dunlap
Jane Powell ... Kitty Douglass
William Bryant ... Kent (as Bill Bryant)
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A Boeing 727 airliner belonging to Transcon Airways is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles en route to New York via a pit stop in Salt Lake City. Flight 602 is under the care of Captain Pete Douglas, First Officer Stan Burkhart and Second Officer Mike Fuller. The overall atmosphere on the flight is upbeat, despite Captain Pete Douglas' absent-mindedness due to his worries about his wife's upcoming surgery. Her doctors want to remove a lump in her breast before it becomes malign. The captain also worries about the announced snow storm that prompted some airports to close. He hopes to arrive to his destination in New York before the storm intensifies. The airplane makes its scheduled stop in Salt Lake City where it's refueled and takes on a few more passengers. Among the new passengers are an extradited prison inmate and his U.S. Marshals escort who are also traveling to New York. The aging Marshal has heart problems but is otherwise strong as a bull and is well armed. After leaving ... Written by nufs68

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boing 707 - Panikos stous aitheres See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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For the exterior aerial sequences in Mayday at 40,000 Feet!, a Boeing 727-173Cs was leased from World Airways and was painted in the colors of the fictional Transcon Airways. See more »

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Trouble In The Air
1 July 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Robert Butler directed this TV movie that stars David Janssen as Pilot Captain Pete Douglass, who is having a bad day; his wife is having an operation while he must fly a passenger jet in a snowstorm from an airport that is also carrying a dangerous prisoner(played by Marjoe Gortner) in a jail transfer who of course escapes and proceeds to shoot his stolen gun in the cabin, causing all kinds of trouble. Past Oscar winners Ray Milland and Broderick Crawford costar. Good cast cannot save clichéd and predictable film that doesn't generate much interest or suspense. Mostly just a TV version of one of the "Airport" films that were popular in the 1970's.


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