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Panic in the Skies (1996)

TV-14
TV Movie | 90 min | Action, Drama

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 ...See moreThe 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 See less
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Rick Rosner (story) | Robert Hamilton (story) (teleplay)
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Oct 13, 1996 (United States)

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Kate Jackson
Laurie Ann Pickett Laurie Ann Pickett   See fewer
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Ed Marinaro
Brett Young Brett Young   See fewer
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Ethan Walker Ethan Walker   See fewer
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Maureen McCormick
Flight Attendant Flight Attendant   See fewer
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Billy Warlock
F.A. Matt Eisenhauer F.A. Matt Eisenhauer   See fewer
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Howard Dell
Charles Buckman (as Howard G.H. Dell) Charles Buckman (as Howard G.H. Dell)   See fewer
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Brandy Ledford
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Robert Guillaume
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Marc Baur
Ed Handler Ed Handler   See fewer
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Brett Stone
Lydia Chambers Lydia Chambers   See fewer
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Joel Rose Joel Rose   See fewer
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Benita Ha
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Navigator Navigator   See fewer
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Reg Tupper
Co-Pilot Co-Pilot   See fewer
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Tracey Danks
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Derek Peakman
Gary Porter Gary Porter   See fewer
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Jessica Schreier
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Claudia Buffone
Beth Lewis Beth Lewis   See fewer
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4.4 / 10 | 303 votes