A criminal in custody breaks loose on a passenger plane, kills the guards, and blows a hole in the cabin wall. As it descends, both pilots are knocked out cold, leaving a flight attendant to man the controls - and trust the only person on board who seems to be in control - the other fugitive and suspected serial killer, Ryan Weaver.
Our Rating: 4/10
Tagline: Fear is in the air
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Runtime: 140
- Budget: $71,000,000
- Revenue: $11,466,088
- Production: MGM
So it turns out that Ray Liotta's character is a bad guy after all.
With no one flying the plane, Teri (Lauren Holly) jumps in the cockpit and responds to a radio call for help. She struggles to cope with a few simple instructions, so goes to get help from the other flight attendants - noticing the dead pilot that Weaver (Liotta) calmly tucked away.
Meanwhile, Weaver rounds up all the passengers and bundles them all away in a locked tail section of the plane. He quizzes the other flight attendant who knew he was bad all along, and strangles her.
Teri is concerned when she can't see anybody around, and hides from Ray Liotta back in the cockpit. With the help of a calm British pilot she manages to get it on autopilot and on a steady course.
Weaver starts to panic and goes on the rampage. He tears out the autopilot boards. Teri must go and fix what she can - where she sees all the dead cops he has calmly sat back into their seats.
They fight a few times. He smokes her out of the cabin, but she manages to hit him around the head with a fire extinguisher. Not finished off, she gets down to club class and finds some bullets which she uses to put a few rounds into his chest.
She gets back to the cockpit and with the help of those on the ground lands the plane. The rescue teams pull out the rest of the passengers from the back, a little worse for wear but generally ok.
The detective is relieved that his man is finally dead and congratulates Teri for gaining her wings.