This one is episode 38 of the 97 episode run of, THE DETECTIVES. This series starred Robert Taylor and ran between 1959 and 1962. The first two seasons ran at a half hour and the last season had a runtime of an hour. The series followed the detective squad in a big city precinct. Cast regulars included, Mark Goddard, Russell Thorson, Tige Andrews, Lee Farr and Adam West. Robert Taylor headlines as Police Captain, Matt Holbrook.
Detective Captain Robert Taylor and one of his men, Mark Goddard, are returning from a week off spent trout fishing. They hit the local airport to hop the DC-3 back to L.A. There are only 7-8 people on the flight, so there is plenty of room to stretch out. Taylor happens to know the pilot as they had served in the Air Force in WW2 together.
Half way through the flight, two of the passengers, Johnny Seven, and John Newton yank out a pair of .45 automatics. They are hi-jacking the plane. The pair had pulled a 100,000 hold-up and need a quick getaway. Newton is also a pilot and takes over the controls after giving the airline pilot a pistol whipping.
Detectives Taylor and Goddard make a move for their luggage where their service weapons are. Johnny Seven catches the play and grabs up the Detectives guns. The Detectives get a further chance at the hi-jacking pair when they fail to switch fuel tanks.
A few blows are exchanged and the crooks end up on the wrong end of their own guns. The plane heads back to L.A. and a safe landing.
Interesting early television episode on what would become a regular occurrence, hi-jacking.