Continuity mistake: A sexy blond woman wearing a short hot-pink top, dark jacket and miniskirt exits the plane with the first 100 hostages. She leaves again later with the rest of the passengers and is seen leaving the plane again at the end when the members of the press surround the plane to question the agent.
Continuity mistake: The captain gets shot. The copilot is still in the right seat when requesting emergency landing (first landing). In the landing, someone's hand from the left (captain's) seat is moving the throttle controls yet the copilot's leg is visible (and moving) in the right seat. The copilot stays in the right seat when the plane departs again.
Continuity mistake: You can tell what order the scenes were shot in simply from the condition of Wesley Snipes' face. The actor obviously had a horrible skin problem throughout the film production - his face is riddled with acne and boils. When watching the film, keep particular attention to the right side of Snipes' face (in fact, many scenes are shot in order to avoid his right profile) for huge boil on his cheek - it keeps appearing and disappearing throughout the movie. Furthermore, you can even tell what scenes had to be reshot because the unsightly blemish appears and disappears even within the same scene.
Factual error: When the large airliner is brought down at the the small, regional airport, a huge movable stairway is rolled up to the aircraft so that people can disembark. There is absolutely no reason why a stairway designed for major jet aircraft would be sitting at a small airport that didn't even have runways long enough to accommodate such large airplanes.
Factual error: The L-1011 lands at the small airport and the hijackers demand fuel. When the fuel tanker shows up with the fuel, the fueler opens the fuel panel and puts an 'overwing' nozzle up inside the fuel panel. This type of nozzle would only be used if the fueler was on top of the wing filling the wing through a small gas-cap type of fueling point.
Factual error: First, when Raine fires his gun and blows out a window, it causes explosive decompression which results in a door being blown off. It has been proven (Discovery TV's "Mythbusters") that explosive decompression does not result from a gunshot hole. The plane would, of course, lose pressure, but slowly. Even explosive decompression would not rip a door off its frame. Second, with the plane decompressed, Cutter and Raine (and everyone else) would have passed out within 15 seconds from hypoxia. It's funny that not a single person in view of the cameras actually put an oxygen mask on. Third, as soon as decompression was detected, any well-trained pilot would have put the plane into a dive immediately to get it below 10000, so that passengers wouldn't die. It is interesting that even at the end of the fight, as we see Raine falling to the ground, the plane is still flying straight and level at altitude.
Plot hole: When Rane and the other terrorists come out the bottom of the plane and start walking towards the fairgrounds, it is amazing how not one police officer or staff member of the airport notices that they came out from under the plane, or that they don't seem to be walking off the plane like the other passengers.
Continuity mistake: When the plane was getting ready to land at the small airfield, it passes over a small fair. When u see the police look up at the plane, its passing over a 2 wheel Ferris wheel while its moving. In the very next scene, the Ferris wheel is sitting still. It couldn't possibly stop that fast.
Plot hole: When the police and FBI arrest Rane at the fairgrounds, Cutter tells them Vincent (one of Rane's men) is also at the fair, and wearing a tan jacket. Cutter did not see Vincent leave the plane and never saw him at the fair, and when he last saw him on the plane he was not wearing this jacket. So how could he know Vincent was at the fair and wearing a tan jacket?
Continuity mistake: When Cutter fights the hijacker near the bathroom door and puts a gun to his head, there is a shot of Rane and Liz Hurley arriving on the scene and behind them is the hijacker who wears glasses. But this hijacker does not appear in the following sequence, even though he was right there a second earlier.
Continuity mistake: When Cutter is in the bathroom with the phone, he opens the door slightly to check the situation. When he closes the door, the nearest terrorist standing about 10-15 metres away, hears the door shut and begins to approach the bathroom to investigate. Cutter opens the door again some 20 seconds later and the terrorist is still approaching. It should not have taken the terrorist this long to walk such a short distance.
Plot hole: While Cutter is in the bathroom, the first thing he hears of the terrorists taking over the plane, is one of them yelling "sit down". If he heard that, how could he have not heard the gun shots when Ms. Ritchie shot the FBI agents, or the sounds of screaming passengers?
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