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* EndingFatigue: Just when you thought the film was gonna end after Korshunov and Radek dies, [[spoiler:[=MiGs=] loyal to Radek launches to shoot down the plane only to be stopped by friendly F-15 Eagles. ''Then'', it turns out the plane is almost out of fuel and thus, unable to land. Marshall pilots the plane to the Caspian Sea and the USAF sends in an MC-130 to evac the president and everyone else via zip-line, ''but then'' Gibbs tries one last attempt to kill him, but fails to do so as the plane crashes, taking him with it. The film finally ends for real afterwards.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: William H. Macy makes Major Caldwell a very likeable character, making many viewers to feel upset when he dies.
* HilariousInHindsight:[[spoiler:TheMole is [[Series/{{NCIS}} Agent Gibbs]]. [[Series/TwentyFour And he dies on a plane during a terrorist incident]].]]
** Harrison Ford played Jack Ryan in two movie adaptations of Creator/TomClancy's Literature/JackRyan novels. The novel published a year before the movie shows the character dealing with becoming the US President.
* JustHereForGodzilla: See President Harrison Ford kick ass! Unless you're amused or stirred by {{Eagleland}} PatrioticFervour, that's the appeal of the movie.
* MemeticMutation: "Get off my plane" was an early popular meme on {{Website/YTMND}}.
** Signature Scene: [[CaptainObvious Guess.]]
* RootingForTheEmpire: Some viewers feel at least a little sympathy for Radek [[spoiler: desperately fleeing for his life while being machine gunned by faceless guards.]] The fact that we don't actually see what his crimes are helps it.
** It is mentioned at the beginning that the President had been to the Red Cross camps and seen the thousands hurt under his rule.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The crash of the eponymous aircraft. The 1997 CGI looks like something out of a video game from that same year. Which is too bad because the effects so far had been fine against the night background, and only become obvious when the sun rose in the movie.
* TearJerker: Most notably when [[spoiler: the President]] is given a SadisticChoice between [[spoiler: the life of an innocent woman and his chance of saving everyone else]]. [[DragonInChief Ivan]] turns on the intercom so everyone on the plane can hear [[spoiler: her plead for her life, right up until he shoots her]], and we see the other hostages either close to breaking down or openly sobbing.
* WhatAnIdiot: Terrorist Sergei apparently doesn't know what explosive decompression is. To get through a locked door he jams a fire extinguisher in the handle and shoots it. ''On a plane''. This results in at least five people (including a restrained terrorist) getting sucked out of the plane (although we see three people have chutes safely opened). ''And'' the [[spoiler: President almost fell out]]. Unfortunately, Sergei isn't one of them. This also leads to the explosion of the tanker plane that was refueling Air Force One at the time, and could easily have killed EVERYONE if not for the pilot's quick thinking.
** Also Agent Gibbs. Does he really think he is going to be guarding any more presidents even if he didn't leave the president behind on a doomed plane?