Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast

Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast

Join hosts Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka as they take a weekly look at the facts, details, and surprises behind some of the disasters that occur at 35,000 feet.

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May 12, 2022 65 min

More than a few passengers were nervous about their flight on September 23, 1962, but as Flying Tiger Flight 923 took off from Gander, Newfoundland, no one knew that just a few hours into their transatlantic journey every single person's life would hang in the balance between threatening storm clouds above and the unforgiving ocean below. In Part 1 of this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, join Stephanie as ...

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September 29, 2006 was supposed to be a celebratory flight for the 2 flight crew and 5 passengers onboard an ExcelAire private Legacy 600 business jet. But everything changed in a moment when the plane suffers serious damage, and it soon emerges that this jet may have collided with a Boeing 737 Gol passenger jet carrying 154 people. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as shares the heartbreaking...

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There are many ways to experience air travel, and for 18 passengers onboard Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101, their trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Bimini, Bahamas was a quick but exciting journey on a seaplane. Less than a minute after takeoff, thrill turned to terror for the passengers and crew. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares how one airline's revered history...

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On February 4, 2015, a taxi’s dash cam caught the unimaginable on video: the image of a turbo prop passenger plane summersaulting into the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast for this tragic story as we discuss the shocking investigation that uncovered why this tragedy never should have happened.

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As an Airbus A340 touched down on runway 24L in the middle of a Toronto thunderstorm, the crew and passengers alike were glad to be back on the ground. But for the people on board Air France Flight 358, the nightmare was just beginning when the plane failed to stop and careened toward the end of the runway. Join Stephanie as she tells the story of one of the most terrifying, dramatic, and death-defying landings in history on this w...

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It was called the “safest helicopter in the world.” But on March 12, 2009, a Sikorsky S92 helicopter operating as Couger 91 faced every sea pilot’s worst nightmare while flying over the North Atlantic Ocean: oil pressure problems. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast for an unforgettable story of an over-water flight gone terribly wrong and the lasting safety changes that helped make an entire in...

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It started off like any other flight: a typical takeoff, a climb into the sky, leveling off for a smooth ride. Less than an hour into the flight, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar, leaving the world to spend almost a decade searching, questioning, and grieving. In our 100th episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie and Shelly discuss the timeline, investigation, and theories that contribute t...

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On August 21, 1995, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 is sailing above the state of Georgia when suddenly, the left propeller  blades snap. Join Shelly as she shares how the flight crew  uses all their skills and might to keep the plane in the air for as long as they can.

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When a plane crashes to the ground, investigators begin the challenging task of determining the one thing that can lead to safer skies: the reason for the accident. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster podcast, Stephanie takes a look at a shocking crash, a frustrating lack of evidence, and how a somewhat unlikely investigator settled for nothing less than the truth in his quest to ensure no life was lost ...

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While on final approach to Sumburgh Airport on December 15, 2014, Loganair Flight 6780 is struck by lightning – and the pilots must fight to keep the plane from crashing into the sea. Join Shelly for this latest episode as she shares the heart-stopping story of what happened next and the unforgettable investigation that forever changed the design of a critical onboard system.

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For a flight crew, there's nothing quite as jarring as an unexpected warning in the cockpit. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through the incredible series of events that started 39,000 feet above the ground and resulted in one of the most frightening landing sequences imaginable.

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When the rising star of Chapecoense, a Brazilian football team, boarded LaMia Flight 2933, the team was on its way to fulfilling dreams of winning an upcoming football final. But sadly, Flight 2933 never makes it to the airport. In episode 95 of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly shares the heartbreaking story of a talented team on a doomed flight, the shocking investigation that brought down an airline, and the unne...

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On June 18, 1972, just a day before a planned strike in response to working conditions, the flight crew of British European Airways (BEA) Flight 548 found themselves facing a surprising emergency just minutes after takeoff. In this episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through a timeline that led to one of the UK's most deadly plane crashes-- and the shocking factors that contributed to the he...

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While inflight on June 10, 1990, British Airways Flight 5390 experiences an explosive decompression. If that emergency wasn’t enough to deal with, the crew must face an even greater – and more urgent – danger in the cockpit. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast for this amazing story of a crew working together to fight for survival against all odds.

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With less than an hour before landing, South African Airways Flight 295 seemed prepared for a safe arrivial after a 10-hour flight from Taiwai to Mauritius. Instead, the sound of the onboard smoke detector signaled a terrifying end to an otherwise uneventful flight. Join Stephanie in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she shares the story of a challenging and expensive investigation that found more questio...

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Seven minutes after takeoff, United Airlines Flight 629 explodes in the sky. In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly walks us through the investigation that followed, which soon takes a chilling turn. And when the cause of the explosion is finally revealed, investigators and the public are horrified.

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Korean Air Flight 801 had all of the makings of a safe flight: crew experienced with both commercial flights and successful emergency landings, a safe aircraft, and a clear route. Just 20 minutes before landing, what should have been a routine descent turned into anything but the smooth landing everyone expected. Join Stephanie in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as we explore and discuss the factors that l...

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On June 1, 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420, with 145 people onboard, tried to land in a dangerous thunderstorm. But when the aircraft overshot the runway, it led to a deadly disaster that revealed industry-wide pressure placed on pilots to land at any cost. Join Shelly for this latest episode as we dive into what happened and why this unforgettable crash helped change aviation safety for the better.

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On April 4, 1975, the first of 30 flights that operated as part of Operation Babylift left Saigon with a single mission: to carry some of the youngest and most vulnerable of those impacted by the Vietnam War to safer places. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares how the first flight took a tragic turn not long after its departure and how it changed the lives of people around the w...

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Air disasters are never soulless or faceless, and we believe that air disasters are best understood and remembered through the stories of those who lived, those who died, those who were left behind. In the second part of our two-part episode, we share stories of Pan Am Flight 103's victims, their families, and the communities that were changed forever.

 

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