When the airport gets taken over, planes are forced to circle the airport as there is no communication coming from the tower (so, it's a good thing that McClane is on hand to save the day).
Throughout Die Hard 2, there are a lot of official aviation terms and the control room of the airport seems to become the home to hostage situations, a plane crash and so much more. In a recent interview with Mel Magazine, three air traffic controllers fact-checked the movie.
One particular plot hole that seems to stand out to air traffic controllers Dan Mooney, Chris Hopek and David is the fact that the pilots didn't land elsewhere.
"Without even being told, all of those other flights would have redirected themselves to another airport," Mooney said.
"The pilots would wait about 20 minutes at most without communication, and then they'd go off to another airport. There would be no planes there."
David mentioned that pilots have flight plans with alternate locations on standby if they need to divert the plane. He added: "Additionally, the National Airspace System – which is the air-traffic network – is this big interconnected network, so as soon as somebody knew something was happening at one airport, they'd start rerouting all of those airplanes to go land somewhere else.
"The whole premise of the movie kind of hangs on the fact that they can't land anywhere else, when in reality, they'd just go somewhere else."
Hopek pointed out that it's unrealistic because no pilot would wait that long and run down the aircraft's emergency fuel or risk people's lives.
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