The Army dudes are really in cahoots with the bad guys. McClane ignites a trail of fuel leaking from the plane. The flames follow the plane and it explodes.
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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