For exterior and interior shots of the aircraft, the film crews and the director rented a Boeing 737-2B6(Adv) serial 21214 / 449 registered CN-RMI of Royal Air Maroc. The plane is located in Casablanca Anfa airport stored in a hangar and used for training purposes of ground staff only. It was fully repainted in the 1970s Lufthansa livery colors as a replica to to replicate the actual aircraft involved in the incident. The director, camera crews, producers and the rest of the filmmakers were granted permission to rent and fully repaint the aircraft and use it for the film, as well as repaint the control tower and other airport buildings and infrastructure. The real aircraft was used for scenes where the plane was taxing, refueling, towing or parking. Takeoff, in flight and landing exterior scenes of the aircraft were done using computer generated imagery.

It cost about $70,000 to paint the 737.

Fictionalization of the real life events that were also the basis for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), If Not Us, Who? (2011), Germany in Autumn (1978), Baader (2002), Black Box BRD (2001), Stammheim - The Baader-Meinhof Gang on Trial (1986), A German Youth (2015), Starbuck Holger Meins (2002), Baader-Meinhof: In Love with Terror (2002), Andreas Baader - Der Staatsfeind (2002), Die RAF (2007), Ulrike Marie Meinhof (1995), World in Action: Prisoner of Terrorism (1978), Deutsche Lebensläufe: Ulrike Meinhof (2007) and were strongly related with Marianne & Juliane (1981), Wildentiere (1969), Gudrun Ensslin - the early years (1968), Den fjärde mannen (2014), Der Fall Susanne Albrecht (2017), Children of the Revolution (2010), Sekigun-P.F.L.P: Sekai sensô sengen (1971), Schleyer - Eine deutsche Geschichte (2003), Mogadischu (2008) and present in the storylines of Long Shadows (2008), The Worst Thing (2019) and Joschka und Herr Fischer (2011).