Corrected entry: John Amos plays an Army Major, and says that he taught William Sadler's Colonel Stuart "everything he knows." Well, this doesn't make any sense, especially if they are both from Special Forces units. Unless Stuart went through SF selection late in his career, he would not be getting instructed by someone two grades below him.
Corrected entry: The noise of the big English aircraft exploding should be heard far from the point of its explosion. But why didn't the waiting passengers in the hall hear it and panic? If it was too far, how McClane can arrive to Esperanza's aeroplane so quickly?
Corrected entry: You cannot fire 'blanks' and 'live' ammunition from the same weapon without fitting a BFA (blank firing attachment). When a live round is fired, the bullet moving up the barrel seals the barrel. The exploding gas pushes in two directions. One - forcing the bullet out the end and two - pushing the working parts back. The working parts then move forward and pick up a new round. The BFA seals the top of the barrel, as a live round would do. If a live round is fired through a BFA you would be lucky not to blow the barrel.
Corrected entry: When Willis is in the pilot's seat of Esperanza's plane, he ejects when grenades are thrown in by the terrorists. First of all, those aircraft are sealed tight and have no canopy or hatches to blow off for an ejection. In that case, ejection seats would be useless. Also in that scene, multiple grenades are thrown in the cockpit, yet it takes 23 seconds before any of them blow. The type of grenades they were using, which were US issue, have a fuse no longer than 7-8 seconds upon release.
Corrected entry: The error most fatal to this silly plot is the notion that shutting down the airport's communications will mean that no one can contact inbound aircraft. All one would have to do is go to any plane on the ground or use a handheld radio set to the tower frequency to advise inbound traffic of the problem. During the infamous blackout of 1965 that affected the entire northeastern U.S. for several hours, over 200 commercial aircraft landed safely at JFK airport in New York, in the dark, with no ILS, no runway lights, and no radio communication except radios working on aircraft sitting on the ground.
Corrected entry: When the major is fighting John on the plane wing there is a white spiral in the middle of the engine, but when the Major falls into the engine there is no spiral.
Corrected entry: If the terrorists had sailed off in the 747 in the end, what then? They had no way of protecting themselves from fighter planes, which would certainly have been on their tails. So what could their next move have been?
Corrected entry: McClane's fireman's jacket gets progressively bloodier throughout the film, but around the time when he is fighting the terrorists on the plane's wing, it is miraculously clean again.
Corrected entry: When the plane explodes at the end of the film all the planes circling can now tell where the ground is and start landing. Why did they not do this earlier when the Windsor (British) plane crashed?
Corrected entry: The plane crashes into the runway because they think they are higher than they really are, but the runway lights are never turned on. I'm no pilot, but I don't think a pilot would try to land a plane on an unlit runway.
Corrected entry: Forget BWI, why couldn't they just light up the runway with gasoline in the beginning?
Corrected entry: Now, I've never been to IAD (Dulles) or LAX but I've been in several airports and have never, ever seen a control tower in such close proximity to the terminal area that one can take an elevator to, let alone be so unsecure that civilians and reporters and camera crews can go into unmolested.
Factual error: In circling over Washington Dulles, a plane would fly over several airports that they could land at with perfect communication, including Richmond, Baltimore, Andrews AFB, etc. Also, there is no communication from the airport to the plane but the plane would be in range of no fewer than 15 transmitting stations that could have relayed messages.
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