This early made-for-TV movie only received one NBC network airing as opposed to the usual two. The network shied away as it was thought that it was too detailed and could serve as a textbook for airplane terrorism.

The script contains a few elements of Rod Serling's script for the twilight zone episode "The Odyssey of flight 33".

Upon release in the UK this was commonly shown as the supporting film to Carry On Doctor (1967).