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Panic in the Skies (1996)

Panic in the Skies! (original title)
TV-14 | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 13 October 1996
The cockpit of a Boeing 747 is struck by lightning during takeoff for a flight to Europe, fatally injuring the flight crew. Laurie, the senior flight attendant, enlists the aid of passenger... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Ziller

Writers:

Rick Rosner (story), Robert Hamilton (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Jackson ... Laurie Ann Pickett
Ed Marinaro ... Brett Young
Erik Estrada ... Ethan Walker
Maureen McCormick ... Flight Attendant
Billy Warlock ... F.A. Matt Eisenhauer
Howard Dell ... Charles Buckman (as Howard G.H. Dell)
Robert Maloney Robert Maloney
Brandy Ledford ... F.A. Charlene Davis
Kehli O'Byrne ... Tukey, Walker's Assistant
Robert Guillaume ... Rob Barnes
Michael Buie ... Darryl (as Mike Buie)
Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Derek Green (as Ken Camroux)
Marilyn Norry ... Donna Preston
Marc Baur Marc Baur ... Ed Handler
Brett Stone Brett Stone ... Lydia Chambers
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Storyline

The cockpit of a Boeing 747 is struck by lightning during takeoff for a flight to Europe, fatally injuring the flight crew. Laurie, the senior flight attendant, enlists the aid of passenger Brett Young. They determine that the autopilot can bring the plane in for a landing, but soon learn that the autopilot is locking onto the transponders of airfields at random, including signals from small airports with runways too short to accommodate the jumbo jet. Meanwhile, federal officials on the ground who have lost radio contact with the jet debate whether the plane should be shot down to prevent a more disastrous crash in a heavily populated area. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Lightning has struck Flight 115. The pilots are dead. 350 people are trapped. There are two choices: shoot it down or risk crashing into a heavily populated area. See more »

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Action | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panic in the Skies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Goofs

A flight attendant turns a lever to activate the oxygen masks, however oxygen masks on jets have a barometric switch that detects sudden changes in pressure and are deployed automatically. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Walker: You get me back in the habit of saying please and thank you, and I'll buy you a cat.
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Referenced in Ma vie en l'air (2005) See more »

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pretty bad, but fun anyway
15 April 1999 | by len-26See all my reviews

Perhaps I have a soft spot for Kate Jackson. This movie does not have as much reality and plausibility as "The Jetsons", and yet somehow, she can carry it and make this movie entertaining. Just forget about reality and enjoy the show.


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