Flight into Danger
is a 1956 Canadian television
film starring Corinne Conley
, James Doohan
(who became famous later as Scotty in Star Trek: The Original Series
), Kate Reid
, Zachary Scott
and Philip Gilbert
. The 60-minute teleplay was written by Arthur Hailey
, produced and screened by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
, and broadcast on August 20
1956 in the General Motors Theatre
strand. In 1957
, it was adapted into the feature film Zero Hour!
and, more famously, parodied in the 1980 comedy, Airplane!
. Hailey and John Castle novelised
the story as Flight Into Danger: Runway Zero-Eight
In the play, a small-plane pilot is forced to take the controls of a large passenger plane when the pilots fall victim to food poisoning.
The original play was purchased for screening by the BBC in the United Kingdom and was a major factor in its producer Sydney Newman being brought across to work in the UK. There he made a significant impact on the British television drama industry.