Airport 1970,

Minute 105: 7700

December 23, 2016

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In the aftermath of the explosion, Stewardess Joan is tending to the Tourist passengers. Vern, in the aft entryway, puts an oxygen mask on the unconscious Gwen, who’s sprawled on the floor of the cabin.

Meanwhile, Stewardess Joan removes Ada’s hat, and helps her with her mask. Marcus Rathbone, not wearing a mask, is turning blue while facing backwards in his seat. Joan seats him back down and straps an oxygen mask on Rathbone.

Vern makes his way from the back of the aircraft, taking breaths from spare masks hanging from the overhead compartments.

Meanwhile in the cockpit, the stars are wheeling across the windscreen as Harris struggles with the ship. “Trans Global Two,” he says into his mask’s microphone, “Decompression – – making emergency descent.” Harris reaches for the aircraft’s transponder code. Harris changes the IDENT to 7700, the emergency squawk code.

On the ATC radar screen, a double target bloom appears, signaling the location of an aircraft in trouble. The scene dissolves into an image of the 707 making a sharp descent in the night sky.

Mel, Bert, Tanya, and Harry listen intently to the radio in Mel’s office.

“Request One Zero Thousand,” says Harris.

“Roger,” says Toronto Center, “Descend and maintain one zero thousand. Report your intentions when ready.”

Vern struggles to get to the front of the aircraft, while checking on the status of the passengers. He takes a deep breath off Guerrero’s now-available, unused oxygen mask.

Gwen remains crumpled on the floor of the aft entryway, an oxygen mask from a portable bottle strapped to her face. A few playing cards blow around on the floor of the cabin.

Vern continues forward in the ship. He stumbles, folding a cabin seat in on itself. He grabs another breath of air off an available mask. Joan is following behind him, checking on passengers.

In the cockpit, Cy Jordan and Captain Harris continue to monitor the descent.

In this minute

Whit Bissell as Mr. Davidson
Jacqueline Bisset as Gwen Meighan
Helen Hayes as Ada Quonsett
Van Heflin as D.O. Guerrero
Pat Priest as Mrs. Copeland
Janis Hansen as Sister Katherine Grace
Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest
Peter Turgeon as Marcus Rathbone
Patti Poulsen as Stewardess Joan
Gary Collins as Cy Jordan
Barry Nelson as Anson Harris
Lloyd Nolan as Harry Standish
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingston
Clark Howat as Bert Wetherby



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