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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.

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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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Storyline

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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Killer on Rampage...Pilot on Plane Disabled...Untried Co-Pilot at Controls...Airport Snowed In... See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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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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Actress Christoper Norris also played a stewardess in another 70's plane in jeopardy in Airport 1975 See more »

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Seen It All Before
24 November 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I can imagine the pitch at the TV execs office went something like this

" You know what everyone watches at the cinema these days ? Disaster movies , so let`s get everyone out of the cinema back into the home with a disaster movie for TV "

" Great idea . We`ll get a well known TV actor and some Oscar winning actor everyone has forgotten about . How we gonna come up with a new slant on the genre ? "

" that`s easy we set it on a plane just like in AIRPORT except , except there`s a mad psycho killer aboard the plane . We could even get that crazy guy from EARTHQUAKE to play the psycho "

" With an idea and casting like that that there`s no way we can fail with this TV movie "

I beg to differ because as someone who`s seen MAYDAY AT 40,000 FEET it is a failure because someone forgot to write an interesting script


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