Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)

Murder in the Air 

The pilot of an airliner escorting Sloan and Amanda to a medical conference in Europe is killed.


Tom Chehak


Joyce Burditt (creator), Tom Chehak


Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter ... Dr. Jesse Travis
Michael Tucci ... Norman Briggs
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Frances Bay ... Elderly Swiss Jeweler
Alan Blumenfeld ... Sid Gordon
D.C. Douglas ... Randy Thompson
Mark La Mura ... Pilot George Lincoln
Karen Moncrieff ... Deb Lange
Ron Perkins ... Flight Eng. Russ Anderson
Maury Sterling ... Martin Donner Kingston
Eric Gustavson Eric Gustavson ... Ron Manners
Sarah Aldrich ... Kyla Butterman
Hugh B. Holub ... Jim Tucker (as Hugh Holub)


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The airplane Mark and Amanda are taking for a medical conference in Zurich (Switzerland) is delayed to wait for alternative co-pilot Ron Manners, a reputed womanizer. Mark observes the staff have their own problems on top of work, a troublemaker, a female jeweler who ignores the smoking ban. Then Mark finds Ron's corpse in the toilet, neck broken, and starts looking for the murderer among over 100 passengers plus staff after contacting Steve, airplanes being extraterritorial. Then several crew members are found unconscious, cause unknown, leaving no pilot, just passenger Martin Donner Kingston, who has US Air Force experience. Steve finds the originally scheduled co-pilot, knocked down but alive; while Jesse treats his seizure Mark figures out it's a binary poison triggered by aspirin, possibly administered at the hotel all staff except local Deb slept in, the lab confirms: it's a spy toxin. Steve has terrible news after checking the passengers' records... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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I heard the character Martin Donner Kingston say he flew "C-5 props" in the Air Force. The C-5 Galaxy is the largest 4 engine jet in the US military and is even larger than a 747 like the one in this episode. See more »


Edited from Executive Decision (1996) See more »

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24 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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