Executive Decision

Plot hole: The entire movie is a major plot hole. It's revealed early that Naji Hassan himself organized Jaffa's capture and so it follows that Hassan has no interest in the latter's release. With the nerve gas already smuggled on board the plane and the willingly suicidal Demou in place, the hijack was totally unnecessary. Demou could have set off the bomb as the plane came into land. Rather than draw attention by the hijack, Hassan could've stayed behind and made propaganda from a safe place minutes before.

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Plot hole: After Jaffa is captured the news gives a full report of Jaffa being held captive on an American warship in the Mediterranean. Why would the media know who was captured, who captured him, and where he was being held? This was a covert operation to capture the worlds most wanted man, the media shouldn't know any of this.

Plot hole: When the fighter jet broke off from the 747, Steven Seagal died but the pilot ejected and was not killed. The people in Washington don't know that the team made it on board the 747 until later when they got signalled with the plane's tail lights, but the fighter pilot that ejected would have told Washington that the team made it on board.

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Suggested correction: That would depend entirely on where he landed and how soon he was rescued.

Suggested correction: He ejected from 35,000 ft. He didn't survive.

Plot hole: Not counting Altar or the Sleeper we know there at least 8 other terrorists on the plane. One of them is killed by Altar himself and five of them are killed by the strike team. What happened to the other 2 terrorists?

Factual error: The crew sent to board the ill fated jumbo jet is in the "Remora", which is clearly a modified F-117A Stealth Fighter, but retaining the same dimensions. It would be physcially impossible to fit that many people and such a spacious cargo hold into a plane that size with the engines. In fact, with the additional weight, the engines would have to be even bigger for it to operate.

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Suggested correction: Not necessarily. The real-world F-117 could carry a 5000 lb. bomb load, equivalent to 20 men of 250 lbs each. This crew of 6 men would represent a significantly lighter payload. Whether those people could fit into the original bomb bay (if that's how the plane was modified) is another question.

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Nagi Hassan: Allah has chosen us for a task far greater than Jaffa's freedom. We are the true soldiers of Islam. Our destiny is to deliver the vengeance of Allah into the belly of the infidel.
Ahmed: This has nothing to do with Islam. This is not Allah's will. You're blinded by hatred.

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Trivia: When the F-14s are ordered to shoot down flight 343, the radar intercept officer on the lead F-14 tells his pilot that he just received the order on the CRM-115. This is a reference to Dr. Strangelove. In that film, the B-52 crew receives their orders over the CRM-114.

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