On December 21st, 2012, after Jackson Curtis dropped Yuri Karpov's twin sons, Alec and Oleg Karpov to the Santa Monica Airport, he overhears them saying they have tickets to a big ship, saying he will die and they will live. This immediately causes Jackson to realise that they are right and after witnessing a small crack under his car, as well hearing Charlie Frost on the radio, he realises that the apocalypse is beginning. Shocked and alarmed, Jackson heads into a plane warehouse where he meets a pilot who has a Cessna airliner and he rents it.
After renting the plane, Jackson drove his limo back to the Curtis Household where he warns his family about the apocalypse happening at any moment. Kate, his former wife, thinks he is acting crazy and hangs up on him just as a 10.9 magnitude earthquake strikes, as Jackson warned. Jackson rescued Kate, son Noah, daughter Lilly and Kate's current boyfriend, Gordon Silberman, as they drove through the crumbling city of Los Angeles. They arrive at the airport to find the pilot who Jackson hired had been killed, Kate tells Gordon that he can fly, but he says he only had lessons in a single engine plane. Jackson tells Gordon to get the plane moving and they take off just before the earthquake started taking its full toll. They fly through the collapsing freeways, buildings and subways, narrowly missing them just as the entire state of California sank into the Pacific Ocean.
Around midday, Jackson's group returns to Yellowstone National Park to retrieve Charlie Frost's map that will show the Arks' location, which are the only things that can save them. The Cessna was running out of fuel, but luckily at the airstrip there was fuel. Kate refueled the plane while Jackson and Lilly head to find Charlie. As the plane is full up of fuel, the Yellowstone Caldera erupted violently, killing Charlie and sending volcanic bombs shooting everywhere around the park.
Jackson and Lilly return to the airstrip as Gordon gets the plane ready for takeoff. Kate, Noah, Lilly and Gordon wait for Jackson to board as he was finding the map in Charlie's camper, but an earthquake formed a crack between the camper and a lava bomb shot down, causing the camper to fall in. Jackson manages to climb out back to the surface just as Gordon was about to let the plane leave. After slowing down to let Jackson board the plane, Gordon then takes off and attempted to go faster in order to outrun the ash cloud. The ash cloud was catching up fast and almost engulfed the plane, but Gordon manages to make it go fast just in time.
Engulfment of Las Vegas and Destruction
In the late afternoon, Jackson's group arrive in a devastated Las Vegas to find a larger plane, after learning that the Arks are in Cho Ming Valley, Tibet, China. Gordon lands the Cessna at the Las Vegas International Airport and the group abandons the small airliner to find a larger plane. When the Yellowstone ash cloud engulfed Las Vegas, the Cessna was destroyed but the Curtis Group boarded an Antonov 500 to escape along with the Karpov group.
- The plane was presumed to be destroyed with the other planes around the Las Vegas International Airport when the ash cloud hit the once famous city of Las Vegas.