Airport

Other mistake: When the stricken airliner is on final approach for landing, both pilots stare intently out the windscreen, never so much as glancing down at the flight instruments. In an instrument landing the pilot must look continuously at the instruments until the copilot reports that the runway is in sight, as that is the only way he can follow the controller's instructions.

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Other mistake: When the strike aircraft is on approach, the pilots ask the tower for a Precision Radar Approach. The air traffic controller confirms it will be a PAR, not a PRA.

Other mistake: Early in the flight, one of the pilots explains to a flight attendant that regulations require that if either of the pilots leaves the cockpit, the remaining pilot must put on his oxygen mask until the other pilot returns (which the remaining pilot is shown doing). However when the bomb goes off with one of the pilots in the rear of the plane, they immediately switch to the cockpit and show the remaining pilot quickly putting on his oxygen mask (which he was not wearing) as he puts out the "Mayday" call.

Other mistake: When they are trying to put together the character of the potential bomber, when he bought insurance, the woman who took his details said she remembered him because he didn't seem to have much money for someone going to Europe, but the bomber had told her he had changed all his US money for Lira, and when she persisted, he said the money was all in big bills, and he had left his cheque book at home - so he did have money.

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Factual error: In the scene where Joe Patroni is attempting to move the stuck 707, Bakersfield is standing beside his car watching, very close to the plane. Without some form of hearing protection, he would have been very quickly deafened by the noise - a 707 at takeoff thrust is incredibly loud. I once watched a 707 take off from about a half mile away and forgot to cover my ears - it was so loud it actually hurt.

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Tanya Livingston: There's bound to be a passenger with a fifty-dollar wrenched back. I'd better get out there with some release forms and plenty of sympathy and understanding.

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Trivia: Dean Martin received ten percent of the film's gross.

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Question: Near the end of the film, the plane stuck on the ground is pressurised before it can move out of the way. Why is it pressurised if it's on the ground and not in the air?

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Chosen answer: Patroni isn't referring to the cabin pressure, he says to "pressurize the manifold" - part of the engine start procedure of a Boeing 707, which I believe involves a ground crew pumping gas (nitrogen?) from a cart into the intake manifold.

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