Four terrorists of different ethnicities and without an obvious common link take hold of an American jetliner and demand release of their leader from a British prison. They murder a stewardess to prove they mean business and threaten to pick off more if their demands are not met. But surprises await the hijackers: an armed policeman is aboard, and the passengers manage to begin a whispered plot to fight back. After a bloody shootout with further casualties on both sides, the mood of the film shifts sharply as the plot devolves to a single question: do the passengers wait till the plane lanes and turn the surviving terrorists over to the authorities, or do they "try" them themselves aboard the plane?
Did You Know?
The aircraft featured in the movie under the fictional titles "Trans Allied" was leased from the American airline World Airways for the night ground scenes at JFK. See more
Flight 136 is shown to be a DC-10 from the exterior shots and reference from a character. The interior of the cabin and the flight deck is clearly that of a 747. The flight deck has four throttle levers and four sets of engine instruments versus the DC-10's three. The forward end of the cabin curves sharply in as does a 747 and the inside of the exit doors match a 747. See more
I'm not going easy... a man doesn't have much in life, but at least he can choose when to die.
Edited from Airplane!