Executive Decision (1996) - full transcript

Terrorists take over a 747 bound from Athens to Washington D.C., supposedly to effect the release of their leader. Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the 'plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace. An assault mission is devised, using a specially equipped 'plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the 747 with a team of military anti-terrorists who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists.

hey! Are you all right?

Forget him. Come On, Clear the room!


It's empty.

Colonel Travis,
we've secured the building.

But. . . .

Collins took one, sir.
He's dead.

Clear to land. 2-Tango-Sierra.

Okay, so we're clear to land.

Hey! What else?

See I Got a Eight-knot crosswind coming
from the right. Okay. Good.

Are You lined Up. Huh...Okay.
I got the Ballpark on the Left.

There's the interstate. Good.

And a Runway 2-6.
And I got 2-6-0 on the D.G.

huh... Undercarriage.

Coming out.


It's down and locked.

Okay. Anything else?

I don't know. I don't Know.
What...What am I forgetting?


Just relax and fly the airplane.


Very nice touchdown, David.
Very smooth. Thank You.

I think You've got this wired.

I don't know about that.

Just, Stop here a second. You are more
than ready. You've been ready for weeks.

Honey, It's time to cut down the
umbilical cord. I donot Know.

-You sure about this?
-Come on.

I wouldn't let you go if I wasn't.

Okay Quick, before I change my mind.

Okay Solo time. Just remember.

Keep it simple. Stick and rudder.

Relax and fly the plane.
Got it.

Take it easy.

God, why am I doing this?


It's happened.

According to informed sources...

...El-Sayed Jaffa, perhaps the most
feared and Wanted terrorist in the world...

... was abducted yesterday afternoon...

... while secretly attending the
wedding of his daughter in nicociocyphrus.

He was then handed over
to U.S. authorities...

...where he was arrested, and taken to an
American warship at sea in the Mediterranean.

Wire service intel reports.

No one's answering, no description of Nazi
Hassan as one of the casualities.

There is No indication
he was even there.

He was there. All Right.

...Come On, have to, make it.
You called this one right.

Half the Middle East is back in Cyprus,
if only in principle.

We wanted him and now we got him.

And all the baggage that goes
with him.

Until this complicated issue is resolved,
Jaffa will apparently remain in U.S. custody...

...an inglorious end to 15 years
of unrestrain world terrorism.

Oceanic Flight 343, from Athens
to Washington...

...is now boarding at gate 13.

Welcome aboard.

Third seat on the right.
Thank You. Okay.

Is that who I think it is?

In the flesh.

Roger, Athens, Understand cleared as filed.
2-8-0 after takeoff.

Would you like some champagne?

Here, let me help you.

There you go.

Stupid woman.

Well, I'm sorry.

I didn't do it on purpose.

We hope you Have a pleasant flight.
Thank you for choosing Oceanic.

Flight attendants, We have a
signal for departure.

Cabin crew, doors to automatic.

Here we go.

Excuse me, sir. May I help you?


Excuse me, sir.

Excuse me, sir.

May I help you?

Listen to the sound of AI Tha'r!

Ladies and Gentlemen.
This is your captain.

You may now remove your seat belts.

and Feel free to move about the cabin,
if you like.

However, when you're seated, please
do what we do up front here. Excuse me.

Leave your seats belt on for safety.

Well, I see you've got the usual load.

Who is it this time?

It's my brother's twins.
It's their birthday next week.

Have a pleasant flight. Thank you.

And. . . .


Go on. Open it.

Oh, Jeannie.

It's for the ring.

I'm going in the pit.
I will See you in DC.

All right.
Sweetie, Thanks

What was that?

Maintain your course, Captain.
Jesus Christ.

Reduce your airspeed
as indicated.


I am a pilot.

American Embassy.

You've witnessed the conviction
of AI Tha'r.

I have a message for the
American President.

I'm in control of flight 343.

Sit down!

Sit down! Sit! Sit!

You stupid Sit down! Nobody moves!

Nobody! All right.

Quiet! Quiet!

Sit down!

Get up!

Take her.

Calm down!

It's over!

All right, it's over.

Excuse me, gentlemen.

You look like you could use one of these.
Thank You.

David Grant.

Michelle Thomas.

-Michelle You like hockey?
-Love it.

All Right. I've got two tickets--

Excuse me. Are you Dr. Grant?
You have an urgent phone call.

I'll be right back.

Come on!

Sit down! Sit! Sit!

I want the Attention of everyone
on board.

Listen carefully.

You have to Remain in your seats
with your seat belts securely fastened.

Do exactly as you're told. . .

. . .and there will be no need
for any further violence.

Where's the passenger manifest?

I said.
Where's the passenger manifest?

I destroyed it.

You destroyed it?

To protect the passengers?

Or someone else?

That was a very brave thing to do. . .

. . .and totally unnecessary.

Here's all the data you want on white rose.
Sorry to spoil your evening, BOSS.

Yeah. That makes two of us.
What do you Got.

It's him, no doubt.

One from London, is a recording.
Other one from the plane is live.

This doesn't make sense.

What the hell is he up to?

General Wood just called.

Briefing with crisis team at 6:00
in the Situation Room. 10 Minutes.

-Welcome to the big leagues. David.

-You Got anything that I can change into?
-Play for Grey T-shirt.

I got a jog bra
and a pair of running shorts.

Thanks to anyway.

Keep at it, guys.

Donot Forget, This is a think tank.

They pay us to think.

Oh! By the way. . .

. . .who is heading up
the anti-terrorist unit?

Colonel Austin Travis.

Special Forces Command.

You know him?


They said it was "come-as-you-are. "

-Excuse me.
-David Grant.

This was recorded from the aircraft...

. . .shortly after the bombing.

This is AI Tha'r.
I have a message for the American President.

The London bombing will have
indicating the string of my resolve.

I am in control of Flight 343.

This Aircraft and its passengers
shall remain in my custody...

...until Abu Jaffa Criminally health
against his will..............

...is released from captivity.

Mine Instructions are to
be Follwed precisely.

No theater. No negotiation.

Abu Jaffa will be released and taken
to Gatwick Airport...

... where a private jet will be given clearance
to land then allowed to leave with him.

Of on the release of Abu Jaffa,
Flight 343 will continue on to Washington...

... where half the passengers
will be exchanged for fuel...

...and 50 million in gold bullion.

Jaffa must be Airborne and in
communication with me by 6 a.m...

...or the Citizens of London will suffer
another punishment on Your behalf...

... that will make today's bombing
pale in comparison.

Mr. Grant.

This man. . .

. . .AI Tha'r, who is he?

Voice Print analysis confirms
it's Nagi Hassan. . .

. . .Jaffa's deputy director.

He's an extremist in every sense. Taking
completely out of his word. He's not bluffing.

But In My Opinion. Thank you.

Any other comments?

Well It seems our first posture must
be one of containment.

You Mean.....
Acquiesce to Nagi's demands?

I don't see the President as
any other choice.

London is demanding immediate action.

I agree.

I hate the idea of conceding
anything to that bastard.

But we have to get him on the ground,
then we'll have some options.

Colonel Travis and his team will be ready
to respond once the plane is at Dulles.

It means shutting it down,
re-routing all traffic.

A full military control of the entire area.

Secretary White. . . .

Excuse me, gentlemen. . .

. . .I don't believe we can allow
that plane to land at Dulles. . .

. . .or even enter U.S. airspace.

What are you talking about?

Sir, I don't think this
is about hostages.

I think it's about one man planning
a major strike against the U.S.

I think You'd better explain yourself.
Mr. Grant.

Our research leads me to believe. . .

. . .that due to all his internal political
situation. it was Nagi Hassan himself. . .

. . .who worked on Jaffa's abduction.

Go on.

Six months ago, A shipment of the
nerve toxic DZ-5 was hijacked. . .

. . .while in transit from
Russia to Germany.

Now We're certain that the Chechen
Mafia was behind the hijack.

But Unfortunately recent attempts to
recover the nerve gas have failed.

A few days ago,
Rumors surfaced that the DZ-5. . .

. . .was now in the hands
of Asmed Rhasjami.

This is the prick
who sent us on a wild goose chase.

. . .a Known supplier of arms and
explosives to Jaffa's group.

Mr. Grant. . .

. . .are you saying the nerve gas
is on board?

Yes, sir, I am.

And In my opinion, Hassan is planing to use the DZ-5
and the airplane together as a tactical weapon.

A sort of poor man's atomic bomb. . .

. . .to be detonated here,
over Washington.

How much of this DZ-5 might he have?

I can't be exact there, sir.

But I can tell you this much.

If this were DZ-5. . .

. . .A single drop would be more than enough
to kill every man in this room.

And By the Way,
The name he's using, "AI Tha'r" . . .

. . .in ancient Arabic means "revenge. "

I Would like to Welcome you
on aboard, Senator Mavros.

The press seems to thinks you could be
the next President.

It's an honor to have you with us.

That plane will be here in
Less than 8 hours.

It seems to me,
The President has two options.

Disregard Mr. Grant's theory. . .

. . .and let the plane proceed
to the U.S.

Or destroy it before it gets here. . .

. . .along with 406 passengers.

Even if we're right. . .

. . .how would we ever prove it?

Colonel, if you have an opinion,
let's hear it.

Mr. Secretary,
There is another possibility.

It's a Hail Mary pass, but. . . .

Colonel, why donot you tell him
what you need.

There's a gentleman named Dennis Cahill
who's an engineer for ARPA.

I think he could help us.
If we could get him on the line ASAP.

I think he can tell you
what I have in mind.

Remora was originally developed
by ARPA for the space program...

...for super-sonic low-orbit linkups
with the shuttle.

Although it was never actually implemented by NASA.
It has since been modified by the Air Force...

... to study the feasibility of transferring
the bomber crews at altitude...

...as well as other...

. . .contingencies.

We've had six actual hookups,
all successful.

But. This is a civilian airliner.

Mr. Cahill. . .

...Are you telling us Remora could work
in this situation with a 747?

Obviously, This application was never
intended for a civilian airliner.

However, smooth-surface mating tests...

... have been successful
in a wind tunnel.

A wind tunnel.

Colonel, I know you wrote the book on
assaulting hijacked aircraft.

But this is 5 miles above the Earth.

Well sir, Under the circumstances,
I donot think we have any other options.

It's your call.

We are going to have airborne in an hour, Select
Team, six men. And I am going to need Mr. Cahill. . .

... to supervise the linkup.

Mr. Cahill...

... I need you and the Remora
to be ready within the hour.

Gentlemen, The press is already in a
feeding frenzy about the hijacking.

Especially with Senator Mavros
on board.

Not one word of this operation
is to go beyond this room.

Anything you need, name it.

Well sir, We'll need all the on-site
intel we can get.

And I think Mr. Grant could
provide us with a great advantage.

And I'd just love to
have him come along.

Mr grant.
You ready to take a plane ride. . .

. . .in the interest of national security?

Of course.

Check it out. Boys.
It's the colonel.

Didn't have details on the
op Colonel. . .

. . .so we brought everything,
even the condoms.

Who's this? 007?

That's Mr. Grant.
He is with lntelligence.

He'll be travelling with us
part of the way.

Part of the way? Sir.

I'll explain on the bird.
Let's go!

So where's the 1 30?

Sergeant Baker. . .

. . .I reckon that's it.

Colonel, You're joking, right?

That's too much gear. You got to cut it
down. We will never get off the ground.

Gotcha. All Right, Break it down, boys.
Close-quarter weapons. . .

. . .com units, ordinance,
sleep agent. Dump the rest. Yes Sir.

Andrews ground, Remora,
hangar three, taxi for takeoff.

It's all hooked up. Nazi.

Oh, God.

Allison's been gone a long time.

They wouldn't leave her down
there by herself. Something's wrong.

All Right.
Let's go through this.

Baker, You are first, set up the com link
with the delivery plane and the Pentagon.

-Grant. you monitors.
-But I stay here on this airplane. Right?

That's correct.

The Remora will refuel in flight, then
set up a trailing paddle behind the 747.

You'll be in direct contact with us
via Video and Audio.

Your assessment of Nagi's behavior
will be essential to the Operation.

I'll do what I can.

All Right, Now.
Once we find the bad guys. . .

. . .we'll be going to
Look for the DZ-5.

If we find it, doc, you'll tap
into the oxygen supply system . .

. . .with the sleep agent.
Lights out. We take the bird.

Once we've taken control of the bird,
and found the DZ-5, we'll divert.

Any problems, any questions?
No sir.

Truly airbase Greenland's our best bet.

Yeah. If the bomb has a short fuse. . .

. . .then my Red ass'll rain over Greenland?
I don't think so. Bud.

I guess.
That's why they pay me the big bucks.

For what?

To save your Red ass.

That's what I want to hear ya.

The safehouse in Trieste. . .

. . .that was your intel,
was not it.

The nerve gas was there, Colonel.

Operation was late.

If you say so.

I just hope your
averages improve a Little.

If you don't believe me. . .

. . .what are you doing up here?

Who the hell else is going to do it?


My men are hungry.

I want to See you to it.

The food's in the lower galley.

I am going to have
the use the elevator.

All right.

What about the passengers?

They need something,
especially the children.

very Well, They may have beverages
and use the bathrooms.

I am holding you responsible.

Anything suspicious will
bring about repercussions.



Oh! My God!

Satellite tracking indicates
our intercept here.

That'll give you about 4 hours
to complete your mission.

Our target is the Avionics hatch near
the nose of the plane.

As soon as we lock in the position,
I'll raise the sleeve.

When it's pressurized,
I'll open the hatch of the 747.

When you're inside.
I'll go back up and lock it.

Baker got to go first.

The alarm switch on the hatch has to be neutralized
As soon as it opens. Just Tell him the procedure.

I can't just tell
somebody the procedure.

It's not a B-52 with a docking collar
up there.

It's a 747 without one.

Equalization process is critically delicate
in this case.

If the seal's not
the proper vacuum. . .

. . .both planes could decompress.
Our mission's over.

All right. This is what we are going to do.
Baker is going to follow right behind you.

As soon as the hatch opens, you hold us
inside, so Baker can lock off that switch.

As soon as we're on board,
you can go down and reseal the hatch.

Colonel I'll clip your circuit for you from the ladder.
There is no reason for me to go on the plane.

That's the way it's going to be.

you donot understand.
I'm an engineer--

That's it.

Target sighted.

Initiating approach.

Climbing to flight level 3-8-5.

Activating Doppler imaging system.

Range: 1,000 meters and closing.




We are entering heavy turbulence.
Mr. Cahill.

Just Only eight to ten seconds of this.

We're entering the slipstream.
In a moment it'll settle.

See that path? Colonel.

That's the sweet spot!

We'll be on it in two seconds!

We're ready, Mr. Cahill.

Primary laser targeting.

Switch to master. And locked.

Switching to dorsal camera system.

Range to target point.

Thirty meters.

Target point in sight.

Call the approach.
Mr. Cahill.


Left 0.5.

Forward one.


You're right on it.

You're right on it.

Hold it right there.


Prepare target for linkup.

Extending the sleeve.


Autopilot on.

We're engaged.
Mr. Cahill.

Primary tunnel pressurized and stable.

I'm going up.

Baker, Do it.

Seal looks good.

We got a stable vacuum.

I'm opening the outer hatch.

-What's that, a short?
-I don't know.

Come on. Move it.

Come on.

Move your fat ass. Come on

Your turn. Miley, Sir.

A little bumpy.

What's that light?

That's a warning light.

It's for an open outer hatch
in the avionics room.

That's impossible.
The whole plane is pressurized.

-Where is this room?
-It's Below.

It's under the first-class cabin.

Rat, you're next.

Doc, the bags.

Hope there's a good movie
on this flight.


All Right. Clear. Next.

All right. Come on. Cappy.

Where the hell is the clip?

-Did you put the clip in?
-It was there!

You're on my shit list, Baker.

Cappy, Hold up, we lost the clip.

Let's go! Let's go!

Got it!

Come on! you son of a.....

See, it went out.
It's got to be a short.

Why aren't we climbing?

Come on, old man, move it.

What the hell?

Wind shear!

Climb! Climb.

We are passing 330!


What the hell is going on?

We have to break off now!

I can't hold the seal.

We got to pull him up. Man.

What the hell are you doing?

Let's move it, Colonel.

Now! Now! Now!

He's unconscious!

All Right, Get above him, Now.

He can be Hold on.

Grant, Pull him up!

Get him out of there.

Move it!

Get above him.

All Right. We got him.
Now get out of there. Move.

Why is she so goddamn heavy?

Jesus, they're climbing!

I'm climbing with them.

Too much stress on the sleeve.

We're losing pressure on the pump.

The seals are going. The seals are going.
Listen to me.

Close the hatch now
or we'll lose both planes.

Come on.

Grab my hand.

I can't hold it! Close the hatch.
Close the Hatch.

Lower the sleeve!

Listen to me. Listen to me. Somebody has to
Close the hatch now or we are all going to die.

Do it Now.
We're losing pressure.

We're not going to make it.

You are.

She's gone.

Castle Rock, Big Eye Six. We lost contact with
Hail Mary. Repeat, we have lost Contact.

Big Eye Six, Castle Rock.
Was delivery accomplished?

Castle Rock, Can't say. Hail Mary was attempting
delivery when contact Disintegrated.

Did they make it onboard?

If they did, they'll establish
a link with us. Where's the fleet?

The carrier group's heading to
an intercept point in the Atlantic.

Have them go to alert.

I am going to have the check the
equipment in the avionics room.

Show me this room.

There's a depression.
A deformity of C-7.

He's got a fractured vertebrae. Oh! Shit.
We got to immobilize him.

Excuse Me! Folks.
Can you get to move over here, please?

-Sorry About that.

Hang on, Cappy, you old dog.

Buddy, you got some morphine here.

It's going to take care the pain.

Hey! Give me a break. You want to
go down there. You Go...



It's a fried circuit.

It's an overload of some kind.

It happens.

Close it.

Everything all right down there.

Oh! Yeah! Just a blown circuit.

Must've been the turbulence.

What are we going to do?

Hey! Baker.
Get me the Pentagon on sat-com.

The radio didn't make it.

Then We have no way to tell them we're onboard.
They'll think we're all dead.

Shut up, Cahill.

No, He's right. As far as they know,
we went down with the delivery plane.

The Pentagon is going to shoot us down.

We were their only option.

Listen to me.

We have to negotiate.

We have to Tell Hassan the
Pentagon knows his plan. . .

. . .and they'll never be allowed
to reach U.S. airspace.

Cahill, Calm down.
No, No....I'm fine.

Listen, I know what I'm talking
about here.

We have to do this.
It's our only chance. and Guess What?

They've got to listen.

That won't stop them.

Get your hands off me!

You're not going anywhere fatboy.

Come on! I didn't sign up for this
G.I. Joe bullshit.

We don't need to do that.
He'll be all right.

Listen to me.

There is no negotiating
with Nagi Hassan. You Understand?

If he knew we were down here,
Right now, he'd just kill us all.

So let's calm down, everybody.

Just sit down and relax.

So, With no way to communicate with
Washington, Cherry's right.

They are just going to blow us
out of the sky, Any Minute, Now.

No, No, They don't know
we're not onboard either.

Though, we can wait until the last
possible second, hoping for a break.

We've got some time.

Baker, How much time
before we hit U.S. airspace?

Three hours, and 50 minutes.

What's left of the gear?

Well, We've lost the sat-com. . .

. . .scanners, sleep agent.

We've got maybe half the weapons, probes,
mikes, nodes, bomb kit. That's it.

It's vital you find Hassan.
It all centers around him.

All right.

Mikes and probes first.

Hook up Grant to the com board, See if
he can locate his old friend Hassan.

Everything we need is right here.

As soon as We locate
their positions. . .

. . .we blow the lights and
go night optics.

We hit them hard while they're still surprised.
All Right, Come on. Let's get started.

The bomb.

Look, Civilian, We don't even know if there
is a bomb. I am going to take over this plane.

That's what Travis would do. I'm not trying
to tell you how to do your job. Okay.

But if that DZ-5's on board, there's going to a
bomb attached to it. You Goddamn, Better Find it.

Now, Once this plane took off, There is going to
be no turning back. Hassan'd make sure of that.

He's right.

It could be a pressure-switch timer, I mean if
you try to land the plane or change the altitude. . .

. . .anything could set it off.
You have to find it before they hit.

We'll look for it
while we're setting up.

Get the tools and bomb kits.

Let's get started.

Tell me what Hassan looks like.

No, I can't.

What do you mean? You can't, I thought You
said you are the world's expert on this guy.

The only known photograph of him when
he was a student taken over 25 years ago.


But I'd recognize his voice.

I'd know him, if I saw him.

I'm telling you, I saw them.


Baker, Station One.

First-class online.

I got You, Go ahead.

Okay, I've got one, first-class cabin.

Now another.

Skorpions on both of them.

Grant, do you copy?

I hear them.

Neither one is Hassan.

I got Four in the main cabin,
two in the galley.

Four with nine millimeter
skorpions, two AKM/FNC's.

I got Two more patrolling
the rear cabin.

Also Heavily armed.

Can you hear them in the galley?

Yeah. Yeah, I hear them.

None of them is our man.

This isn't working.

Meet me in the lower galley.

Put on Cappy's vest.

I'm on my way.

All right, Grant.
clip the cable onto your vest.

Now, Put on your carabiner.

All Right.
I am going to winch you up.


All right. I got the four probes
and mikes down there.

It pretty much covers
me in the main cabin.

If he's there,
you should find him.

Now, Whatever you do. . .

. . .don't step on the panel
or you are going to go right through.

I'll try to remember that.

Hey, wait.
Lose the shoes, pretty boy.

Hope the smell doesn't
give us away.


Senator, l think we......

Shut up!
Do you want to get us killed?

Senator, I think we're being presented
with an incredible opportunity here.

For what?

You Know, We always wanted to have
a war record for you.

Some edge with the media that
would put you over the top. yeah.

Remember the mileage
Jesse Jackson got. . .

. . .when he negotiated the
release of those hostages?


I'm at the last one.

He's not here.

Maybe he's in the cockpit.

Okay. Come on back.

Come on, I got you, Come on..

I got you, Come on. it's okay.

All Right.
That's it.

Just keep tugging.
Good. You got it.

Get your arm in over there.

Maintain current course.



Yeah. Come on.
Let's get the hell down from here.

All Right. Stop.

What the hell is going on?

I'm sorry, it fell. I was. . .

. . .getting coffee filters.

I don't understand.

How does threatening these people. . .

. . .have anything to do with your cause?
Whatever it is.

That it's not your place to understand.

Just be patient.

It'll all be over very soon.

There's a change.

Tell the captain to
Maintain our course.

Excuse me.

I'm keeping you from your work.

Grant, Are you okay?
What happened?

Are you okay?


Yeah. And guess who I ran into?


Forward baggage compartment.
Got something.

All Right. I'm on my way.

You wanted to talk to me.

I'm sure you're aware
the official U.S. policy is. . .

. . .no deals with terrorists.

Especially in hostage situations.

I can deal directly
with the President.

If you allow me to conduct
the negotiation. . .

. . .I believe I can guarantee
all your demands.

Money, media exposure,
safe passage back to the Middle East.

I understand.

You want to be seen
as the savior of the hostages.

An image that certainly won't hurt you
in the coming elections.

As powerful an image as you returning to the
Middle East, your mission accomplished.

I guess, Here.
We are both men who truly understand. . .

. . .the importance of making
dramatic statements to....

Rest assured, when the time comes,
I will call upon you.

My Guess Your theory was right.

Have a look.

You can forget Washington.

There's enough nerve agent here to
wipe out half the eastern seaboard.

Israeli intelligence has been certainly
identified the bomb-maker.

He's Jean-Paul Demou.

That's a recent photograph.


Former nuclear engineer
with the lraqis.

Lost his family in the Gulf War.

He's been with Jaffa's
group ever since.

That's it?

That's it.

Charles, It's been over an hour
and no word from Travis.

We're running out of options.

There's still time.

Better Instruct the F-14's
to be ready to launch.

Issue the press release of
the President's decision to free Jaffa.

That bastard might be
our last avenue of hope.

We have no means
to communicate with him.

But he has arranged to contact you
at 6:30 as soon as you're airborne.

I can assure you, that plane
will never be allowed to reach the U.S.

If you can convince him. . .

. . .to divert the aircraft
to an isolated base. . .

. . .and release the passengers. . .

. . .he has the word of the President
of the United States. . .

. . .he and his men will be given safe
passage to a country of his choice.

I'll do everything I can. . .

. . .in the interests of peace.

Sorry, Cappy. We got a bad one here.

So. . .

. . .we know we've got DZ-5
in binary canisters. . .

. . .and 16 pounds of Semtex.

Let's take a look inside.

A computer trigger.


Dedicated drive. . .

. . .probably monitor a dozen sensors.

This ain't no pipe bomb
with a six-volt battery.

Take me closer.


Take me in on that.

Over right there.

What are you looking at?

That long, silver cylinder.

That's a barometric pressure switch.

Activated on takeoff, probably
set to airburst during landing. . .

. . .with an isolated trigger.

I tell you what. . .

. . .if I can. . .

. . .I mean. . .

. . .if you can disable the switch,
it'll probably buy you some time.

Then we got a chance.

We got a chance. We shut this thing down, take
over the plane. we just land someplace safe.

Who gets to play
with the bomb?

What about Cahill?

He's a design engineer.
If he can build a computer. . .

. . .he can take cappy's help
and take one apart.

Cappy, Cappy, What do you think?

I think We're looking up the ass of a
dead dog, but it's worth a try.

But we got to hurry,
Because this morphine's kicking in.

Okay. Let's do it.
Let's do it.

Get Cahill in here.

Louie, Overhead mid-cabin.

Baker, First class. I am going to take the cockpit
and business class. We're going on Cappy's Signal.

Use Channel B to Grant,
keep A open for assault.

I think you got a problem here.

I mean, I counted four in mid-cabin,
but there maybe as may as six.

Can you...Can you take them all?

Well, I can take three or four,
at the most but that's pushing it.

We need another gun.

What do you want me to do?


We're doing a simple
electronic bypass.

Just Ignore the rest of it.

Just ignore. . .

. . .the rest of it.

If you screw up.
you'll never know it.

So. . .

. . .Iet's get to it.

Okay. Once more.

Push hard, up the ladder. . .

. . .Left in the companionway.

I am going to surprise them.

That's it. You got it.

Really this isn't my thing.

But donot worry, with that
you can't miss.

Just aim straight for his
chest and fire.

Whatever you do,
don't look into his eyes.

Then come back down the hall.

Okay, Cahill.

Meter reads 15 ohms.

That's good. That means
it's in parallel and isolated.

Now, Let's complete the bypass.

Now take the red alligator clips
and set in the bypass.

Now take the red-handled dikes. . .

. . .and put the red wire on this side.

But don't touch anything else.

Ready, forward section.
Louie, Sit-rep.


Baker up.

I'm ready.

Do it.

Tell them it's all theirs.

Thank God.

Cappy says the bomb is safe.

Okay. The dude's in my sights.

I'll blow the lights,
and we go on my signal.

Oh, Jesus!

Cahill, Stop them.

Stop Attack.
Tell Rat to stop the attack.

Rat, stop the hit.

Cappy says stop the attack.
Stop it now.

Everybody hold their positions.

Cappy, What's going on?

Someone just ran a program test
on the bomb.

Whoever it is. . .

. . .he has got an override switch
with his finger. . .

...on the Goddamned trigger.

Christ, Can you override it?

Cappy, I said, can you override it?

What the hell is going on?

I......... think we might
have lost Cappy.

Cappy's dead. I think Cappy's dead.

Cahill, Calm down.

Rat, What happened?

Rat, Cappy's okay.

He is just unconscious.

I am free and in flight.

The Americans wish me to tell you. . .

. . .they have agreed to all
of your demands.

You are victorious. Come home.

I rejoice in your freedom, Abu Jaffa.

Allah has blessed us.

A great destiny awaits us both.

And if You are, as you can see I've achieved
a glorious victory on your behalf.

All the people of lslam will embrace you
as its chosen leader.

I am your flame.

The sword of Allah.

And with it I will strike deep
into the heart of the infidel.

Nazi, Listen to me. They know.
They will destroy the plane.

Nazi, Listen.

He cut him off.


Jaffa's free.

Jaffa's free.

Anytime, guys. Anytime.

Tell Admiral Crosby to order
the F-14's to intercept the 747.

Make the plane divert. I donot
care what they have to do.

Just, Do it.

Jack, Call the President.

It's an executive decision now.

Now that Abu Jaffa's free, shall I order
the plane to change course back to Algeria?

But, Why?

-What's going on?
-Jaffa has been freed.

Sounds like the second-in-command
is challenging Hassan.

He wants to know. . .

. . .why they're not diverting to Algeria. . .

. . .now that Jaffa has been released.

Allah has chosen for us a task
far greater than Jaffa's freedom.

We are the true soldiers of lslam.

Our destiny is to deliver
the vengence of Allah. . .

. . .into the belly of the infidel.

This has nothing to do with lslam.
This is not Allah's will.

You're blinded by your hatred. And
I'll have nothing to do with your plan.

Our mission was to free Abu Jaffa.
He is our leader, not you.

What happened?

He just killed one of his own men.

Get back to your posts.

You son of a bitch.
What'd you get me into here, huh!

What did you get me into?

Well, the others can't know
about the bomb.

But somebody ran a test.
I mean, there is got to be a sleeper.

Triggerman. One of the passengers.

There're 400 passengers.
It could be anyone.

Is there No way we'll find him.

We still have the element of surprise.

Let's hit them now, forget about that
bomb and maybe we are going to get lucky.

Even if you kill them all,
the sleeper can still destroy the plane.

But at least we'll save Washington.

Look, We're out of time.
This is the best option we have.

Maybe not.

We still got about an
hour and 20 minutes.

Listen to me, we got to give
that bomb another try.

Ahh! But, You need Cappy for that.

Cahill might be able to fail.
But He can.......Forget it.

If he can neutralize it, and
finding the sleeper wouldnot matter.

Yeah. And if he can't neutralize it?

Then we got to find the sleeper.

But I think. . .

. . .I think I know who it might be.

Can you hook up a probe. . .

. . .so I can see
into the main cabin on this monitor?

No, We can't transmit between
the probe and the monitor.

Would a video camera work?

-You got one?


We'll find one in baggage.

There are 400 faces up there.

Did you expect to check each one?

Not without help.

So, Where's the weak link?

How do we pull
the teeth on this thing?

Come on, Cahill, you're an engineer.
Go with your instincts.

Cappy said two power sources.

And now this is one.

And I'm pretty sure this is the other.
Okay. Grant.

If we had our own power supply. . .

. . .we could isolate
the bomb's power sources. . .

. . .much Iike a heart bypass machine.

The bomb'll still think it's online.

Along with the sleeper. With no power,
no way of detonation. It's Brilliant Cahill.

In theory.

This Point, That's all we've got.

Okay. Cahill, you're the man.
Go with your instincts.

I..... hope I'm right.

Whatever you do, don't cut that wire.

Grant, We found a camcorder in baggage.
We're about ready to try this.

Yeah. Be right there.

Where are you going?
You can't leave me now.

you donot need me.
You've got Cappy.

What if he passes out again?

If things really get desperate. . .

. . .use your magic wand.

Okay. I got power.

Got the cable down back side the
elevator shaft. They will never see it.

All Right.
Now for the hard part.

Let's try this.

This is a button for the call light.

I bypassed the buzzer.

Let's hope she sees it.

Wait. hold on a second. Wait a minute. Why her?
What makes you think you can trust her?

When I was in the elevator. . .

. . .she saw me right
when Hassan walked in.

Oh! Christ.

She was cool, she covered me.
She'll do this. I Know it

All Right, And I just hope you have better
luck with women than I do.

Come on, pick it up.

Pick it up.

I'm watching you on video.
Behind you. . .

...above the bulkhead.

There you go.

We met in the elevator.
Remember, Right.

American soldiers are onboard,
ready to take over the plane.

But there's a bomb, and one of the
passenger is in direct control of it.

We need your help to find him.

You're looking for a man
with an electronic device.

He's probably--

Sorry. I thought the phone rang.

Oh! Jesus.

Get on with it.

Come on, hang in there. Now.

Hang in there.

She's had it. Forget it.

She's shaking.
She's not going to do it.

Wait a minute.

All Right, Lady's a player.
Boys, She's with us.

Right. Come on. Look,
We Get in position.

We Get upstairs. And watch it, If she fingers
somebody, we are going to move fast. Come on.

They're here.

Oceanic Flight 343, approximately
120 miles from fail-safe line.

I've just spoken to the
President. He concurs.

If we can't make them divert,
we have no other option.

The F-14's should intercept
in approximately 15 minutes.

We're not really going to
shoot this plane down, are we?

Whatever evidence there is, will straight
go to the bottom in the Atlantic.

The President would be finished.
He'd never recover.

Four hundred American lives.

Christ, Jack, We'd all be finished,
the whole administration.

Miss, may I have some water
for my medication?

My pleasure.

-Oh, dear. Oh!
-I'll get it for you.

What are you doing?

I was just getting her medication.

Can I go get her some water?


That's it.
You got something, don't you?

Not long enough.
One something be...

-Did you get it?
-No, it was too quick.

She'll give it to do us again.
She has to.

Here she comes.

-2, 1 --
-"K. "

21 -K!

Slap Flight, this is Lead.

Contact 0-3-9 at 125.
Come left 0- 1-5 for collision.

Three's contact and concur.
Angel's 44.

Rat, Go Ahead.
Rat, She found something.


Midsection. . .

. . .starboard side.

Window seat.

Roger, I'm on my way.

I can't do it.

I can't. . .

. . .breathe.

Just relax.

I'm right here.

Close your eyes.

Why am I closing my eyes?

Just close your eyes.

Take a deep breathe.

Now. Open your eyes and
cut the blue wire.

It's a decoy.

It's a fucking decoy. The whole thing are fake. The
real works must be down below under the plate.

What the hell just happened?
What is going on?

I'm sorry.

It's just, after we have been screwed around up,
the whole goddamn thing could just blow up.

Please, Speak English.

I screwed up.

We have to start over.

Grant, I'm there.

If it's Demou, he's about 50...

. . .olive skin, dark hair, slightly balding.

It could be. I can't see him clearly.

I can't even get a clean shot.
What about you Louie?

Well, His back is to me.

But he fits the description.

Demou. It has to be.

Can you take him?

Not a chance.

These blocks by see...........
There's passengers all around him.

-Where the hell did they come from?
-I don't know.

Nagi, fighter planes.

Slap, Strike One Tally Ho.
Assuming position for escort.

Oceanic Flight 343, this is
flight leader, U.S. Navy aircraft.

You are approaching U. S. airspace.

You are to divert heading 0-2-0.

Fix vector for Thule Air Force Base.

Divert. Steer 0-2-0.

Squawk 7500 to acknowledge.

Oceanic Flight 343, this is
flight leader, U.S. Navy aircraft.

You are approaching U.S. airspace. Son of
a bitch. You are to Divert. Steer 0-2-0.

.....To Thule Air Force Base.
You must divert


Rat, Navy jets ordering us to divert.

We must be closing to fail-safe
point, thought, Now, We've had it.

They have to shoot us down.

No, no. We've got to
signal them somehow.

Got to be a way.

Come on, think.

Vector 0-2-0. Thule Air Force Base.
And Acknowledge.

Oceanic Flight 343.
On guard. Turn right 0-2-0.

Got to do something, Captain.

Oceanic, Look out your left window.

This is U.S. Navy flight lead.

Show me a sign you understand.

You must........Jesus Christ!
What the hell are they doing?

They are Getting ready
to light us up.

-Take that little left clip.
-I got it.

Okay. I got it.
I got it.

That's 77.

Flight 343. It is imperative
that you acknowledge.

Divert now. Steer 0-2-0.

This is U.S. Navy flight lead.

We have got to respond.

You say nothing.
Stay on course.


It looks clear.

We are going to need something non-metallic
to slip between those points.

Grant, I think we've got this thing licked,
but we are just going to need a couple more minutes.

Yeah. It's Great Cappy.
Stay at it.

All right, listen. Pin 77's over here.

Slap Flight, this is Lead.
I'm going to pull out in front.

What are we missing here?

I'm thinking the same thing.

The sphere is cold.

All Right, in my green bag,
there's a can of compressed air.

Give it a shot.


Cahill. Cahill.
In my kit, infrared goggles.

Jesus Christ.

We're finished.

One more time. Oceanic Flight 343.

Come right 0-2-0. Thule Air Force Base.

Follow Me.....Give me Washington. It is very
important that you follow me sir.

You must follow me.
Captain, please acknowledge.

This is AI Tha'r.

Why are we being threatened?

I told you my terms are absolute.
The hostages will be released...

... Once we have landed in Washington.

No compromises.

This is Secretary of Defense
Charles White.

You must listen to me.
We know-----

You know nothing.

Tell your President. . .

...that he will comply or suffer
the blood of many Americans on this plane.

It's time, A Senator.

Hello? Are you there?
Can you hear me?

Hello, can you hear me?

Hello, This is Senator Mavros.
I'd like to speak to the President, Please.

Senator, the President
is out of the country.

I'm speaking on his behalf.

I don't care. Where are you. I want to
speak to him Right Now. You got that.

Senator, I'm in charge
of the crisis team.

They have a gun to my head.
Please just do it what they want

Please, just do what they want.


What was that?

What happened?

Jesus Christ.

This is the pilot.

They just killed the senator.
For God Sake, Do what they ask.

He just killed Mavros.

Grant, Whatever you're going to do,
You better do it now.

Now, Listen to me.

This plane will continue on as planned.

Any further threats will result in
a passenger being killed every minute.

They're only 25 miles
to the fail-safe line.

We have to end this now.

Nav. Com. Flash on the CRN-1 1 5.
National Command Authority.

We're ordered to destroy the target.

You got to be joking.

I confirmed it twice. It's for real.

Slap Two, Three and Four,
take high cover.

Follow on a one-mile trail.

Sparrow selected.

Strike Slap One, stand by
for Fox One from Lead.

Spider, I am going master arm on.

Do it.

Slap Flight, this is Lead.

We have a full lock on the heavy
at 2-9-0.

Negative blow.

Go cold on the sparrow.

The guys taillights are flashing.

God, Hope I'm not going too fast.

Nobody uses Morse code anymore.

Except navy pilots.

Keep sending it.

Spider, Is that what I think?
It is.

You're damn right.

Strike, This is Slap One.

We have visual communication
from the target.

Seems to be Morse code coming
from the nav. lights.

I am a bit rusty, But
According to my supplement...

... the message appears
to be, " Hail Mary. . .

. . .Alpha One. . .

. . . 10 minutes. "

Message repeats.

Alpha One that's the attack code.

You mean they made it?
They're onboard.

They are going to try and take her.

It's too late.
They've already crossed the line.

My God, If they're on board, we are
going to give them another 10 minutes.

Admiral Lewis.

Flight 343...

. . .this is Navy flight leader.
Victor, Victor, five.

Alpha One, you have 10 minutes
to U.S. airspace.

Repeat. Alpha One...

... You have 10 minutes to U.S. airspace.

You have permission to resuming land at Dulles
international Airport. Good luck, sir.

Jesus, They got it.

They got it.

They got it.

I should take back every respect and
squid-hating thing I ever said about swamy's.

Monitor the radio.

And no contact.

We got a break.

Command gave us 10 minutes.

All Right.
We'll take the sleeper first.

It's got to be by total surprise. Rat.
Cappy's almost there on the bomb.

Can you give us a few more minutes.

Grant, We're out of time.

Look, We just go, blow out the lights,
We take our chances.

Five minutes, Rat.

They'll have the bomb diffused by then.
I know it.

Now give it 5 minutes.

Give him 5 minutes.

I agree.

All right, Grant. . .

. . .5 minutes.
Starting now.

Baker, get into position.
Louie, stand by.

All Right, Cappy, We have only got 5 minutes.
How you doing?

Grant, Where the hell you have been?

The sphere is filled
with photoelectric beams.

It's just going to take us a hell a
lot time longer than 5 minutes.

Grant, come in.

Just do the best you can.

Pick it up.


. . .you've been fantastic.

But I need your help one more time.

Lower galley.

Turn around.
Get in the elevator right now. Go.

They'll be starting the
descendant 10 minutes.

I know, Jack.
I know.

Radar confirmation. Oceanic Flight No. 343
now at 25-mile limit.

Keep going.

I am going to blow the lights.

Two more minutes and then we go.

Grant, how you doing?

Just keep walking.

Rat, It's Grant.

He's down below in mid-cabin.

When I push you down. . .

. . .hit the floor and stay down.

He's going for the sleeper.

That son of a bitch.

Louie, We go on your signal.


Something's wrong.

It's not him.

Everybody down.

Behind you.

He's got Demou, Blow the lights.

Louie, it's the sleeper.

The straw. The straw.

I can't hold it.

Come in, Dulles.

Dulles, this is Oceanic 343 heavy. . .

...requesting emergency landing.

We are low on fuel.
We have structural damage...

...but we are stable and in control.

343 Heavy, This is Dulles.

You are cleared for emergency landing.

1-L north. Crash crew standing by.

Thank God.

They're in control.

The bomb! What about the bomb?

Listen to this.

It's done.


It's done.

You got anything else for us?

We Got to tell Washington.

You okay?

It's over.


It's not over.

It's over.

Who are you?

No one.

You're very clever.

But you're too late.

You've stopped nothing.

Dulles lnternational. . .

. . .this is Flight 343.

The airplane is secure, but both
pilots are dead. Request help.

Flight 343, you're breaking up.

We don't read you. You're cleared
to land on runway 1-L north.

Dulles. I need help.
I need instruction.

I am sitting on a bomb
that could detonate on impact.

Flight 343, You're breaking up.

Jesus, I am not believing.....
They're not receiving.


Okay. Get ahold of it now.
Get ahold of this plane.

It's all right.
It'll be okay.

All right, stick and rudder.

Stick and rudder. It's an airplane.

Straight and level. Hold it.

Oh, my God.

Are you a pilot?

You got to help me here.

I've had a few lessons,
but I've never really soloed.

We're probably lined up for landing.

There it is! There's the airport.

By right there, see it?

Okay, I got it. I got it.
All right.

Pilot's Operating Handbook.
That's what I need. Over there.

I don't see it.
What's it look like?

It'll say, "Flight Manual. "

Right Back there.
In the back.

Okay, I got it, I got it.
Flight manual.

-What should I look for?
-The normal procedures.

Landing approach speeds.

Okay, here it is. I got it.

What's it say for final approach speeds?

Final approach speeds. . .

" . . .over 600,000 pounds, 150 knots. . .

. . .under 400,000 pounds, 120 knots. "

Split it. 140 knots.
All Right.

We're doing 220 knots.

Reduce power.

Nose down.

170 knots.

It's getting loose.

I'm losing control of the airplane.

What's wrong?


How much flaps can I put it on?
170 Knots. Quick?

Flaps, flaps, flaps. 170 knots--
any amount of flaps you want.

Goddamn it!

2, 3, 4.

There. 160.

There we go. 150.



What the hell?
I'm going to stall.

I'm stalling.

Power up!


There we go.

Wait a minute.

Landing gear!

All Right. Here we go.
we're going to land.

Oh, man. We're long.
We are long.

What the hell?

He's way too high.

Come on!

I missed. I missed it.

I missed it. I'm over.

Power up.

Won't climb.

Come on, baby. Come on.

Gear up!

Now what the hell do I do?

You have to Turn around
for another approach.

I can't. It's a heavy airplane,
I can't turn it around.

Yes, you can.

No, wait. Wait a minute.

Let me think.

Hold it.

Wait a minute.
That's the interstate.

There's the ballpark.
Frederick Field got to be ahead.

It's my airport. Now,
I know where I am.

I can do this. All right.

Line it up. . .

. . .for 2-6.

There it is. There it is.

All Right. Now.
Reduce power.

Here we go.

Power back.

Shit. Landing gear. . .

. . .down.

Airspeed. . .

. . . 140 knots.


What am I forgetting?

Who cares?
Just fly the plane.

You're right.

All right, I can do this.

"Fly the plane. "

I can do this.

I can do this.

Jesus, I'm down.

Shit. Hold on.

Things almost land themselves,
don't they?

I don't know how you did it,
but you did it.

No, you did it.

What do you mean?
What is this?

That's a little memento for you.

I'll tell you all about it another time.
Right now. . .

. . .I need a drink. A big drink.


Hey, How you doing?

Getting better by the minute.

Those commandos where the hell
did they come from?

Good question.

You'll be okay. Cappy.

Hold it.

Hey, guys.

It's Jean.



You called me Jan on the plane.
My name is Jean.

Who are you?

Dr. Grant. . .

. . .Agent Perry, FBl.
You're wanted at the Pentagon. Sir.

Forget it. Sorry I asked.

Jean, wait a minute.

Can I buy you a cup of coffee?

As long as you're not flying.

No problem.

So, Jean, tell me something. . . .

Do you like hockey?

No, I only like baseball.