James A. Watson, Jr., also known as Deputy DA Jim Barnes on Quincy, M.E. plays a member of the cockpit crew in this made-for-TV movie. Interestingly, later on, he played a member of the flight crew in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
The plane crash scenes for this episode were shot in a condemned neighborhood in Compton, CA. An open-cab pumper and ladder truck from Compton F.D. can also be seen responding together.