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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

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

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

In the beginning they show the aircraft arriving at the gate being pulled by a tow tractor AND someone guiding the plane in. In the real world you do not have both. Also on departure the plane is just rolling back from the gate on it's own. While some aircraft can power back (using the engines instead of a tractor) no airline would do this with a 747, and there would be a ground crew present. 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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Connections

Referenced in Ma vie en l'air (2005) See more »

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Reasonable, but tends to be a little silly at times->
16 December 2000 | by Peter-171See all my reviews

Some people here seem to think this movie is bad. I wonder if any of them have seen Airspeed which in my opinion was stupid, boring and laughable most of the time. This movie might not be 100% realistic but at least it seems to have gotten a little more thought and was more entertaining than Airspeed. This movie gets a 6/10.


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