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 6, 2021 74 min

By the time Swissair Flight 111 reached its cruising altitude in the evening hours of September 2, 1998, there was no reason to expect anything other than a safe flight. Less than an hour after takeoff, a strange smell in the cockpit indicated something was wrong- and it would take more than four years before the world would know exactly what that was. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephan...

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In episode 57 of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, we explore the story of TAROM Flight 371, which crashed shortly after takeoff on March 31, 1995 in the small town of Balotești, Romania. The investigation soon uncovered a series of unfortunate events that unfolded in the cockpit- some expected, and some so unbelievable you'll be as surprised to learn about them as we were.

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When MacRobertson Miller Airlines Flight 1750 took off from Perth, Australia on December 31, 1968, there had been 64 air disasters worldwide during the year. No one knew that the year would end with 65 plane crashes- or that MMA Flight 1750 would be the final addition to the list. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through the timeline to understand what happened and what sur...

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Shortly after midnight on October 2, 1996, Aeroperú Flight 603 crashed into the ocean. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast as she tells the story of a cockpit in chaos and an investigation that uncovered how a simple human error set off a deadly and shocking chain of events with a catastrophic outcome.

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On May 25, 1979, a routine flight from Chicago to Los Angeles made its way into the history books as the deadliest aviation disaster in US history at the time. In week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us on American Airline's Flight 191's surprising, frustrating, and sorrowful journey to understand what went wrong and how safe travel today is a reflection of the many lessons we lea...

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In the early morning hours of August 27, 2006, Comair Flight 5191 crashes at the end of a runway at Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport. The investigation soon reveals the shocking reason why and what this plane crash can teach us about the complexities – and dangers – of confirmation bias. Join us for this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast!

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Ice on the wings of a plane can be catastrophic, but a little ice on the windshield on a winter New England day isn't out of the ordinary. In 1982, that challenge set a frightening chain of events into motion for Pilgrim Airline Flight 458, which challenged the crew and the passengers to do everything they could to save the plane. It's a story about unlikely heroes, terrifying obstacles, and the will to live- and it's a...

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In 1961, Dag Hammarskjöld, the second-ever UN Secretary General, died in a plane crash. Immediate findings point to pilot error, but over the next 50 years, clues begin to surface that point to more sinister intentions. Join Shelly as she shares the incredible, real-life mystery of what brought down the plane that killed one of the most important men in the world.

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On July 17, 2007, it took less than 10 seconds for an Airbus A320 landing at São Paulo's Congonhas Airport to switch from a typical landing to Brazil's deadliest plane crash. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie guides us through the decisions and mistakes that set TAM Flight 3054 on a path to tragedy before its wheels ever touched the runway.

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On July 26, 1959, Marine Lt. Col. William Henry Rankin finds himself in an impossible situation 47,000 feet in air over the coast of North Carolina. After his single engine F8 Crusader fails, Lt. Col. William Henry Rankin decides to bravely eject from the aircraft – but the odds of surviving this kind of fall are extremely thin. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she shares this amazing stor...

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It was a sunny morning in Poland when LOT Polish Airlines Flight 5055 started its journey to New York City, but the routine takeoff quickly turned tragic when a sudden emergency necessitated an immediate landing. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares a look at the deadliest crash in Polish history, the shocking reasons it happened, and the stories of those who paid the ultimate pr...

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February 22, 2021 39 min

Accident investigations are almost synonymous with the National Transportation Safety Board, or the NTSB. Recognized around the world as the gold standard in investigations, the NTSB's diligence and authority have contributed to findings, probable causes, and recommendations that have improved flight safety for all of us. But what happens if an NTSB investigation doesn't go far enough- or if it misses key information that a...

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Many professionals have behind-the-scenes jobs to do that help keep a plane flying safely, from maintenance personnel all the way to the flight crew. But what happens if someone does not do their job in the right way, setting off a sequence of events that end in disaster? In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly shares the story of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, an air disaster that reminded everyone of wha...

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The last few moments of a flight's descent are typically smooth as the aircraft lowers to the ground-- so what would cause a plane to suddenly pick up speed and shoot back into the sky? In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, join Stephanie as she shares the story of China Airlines Flight 140, which questions just where the line between a plane's technical configuration and human error might...

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When we think of the air disasters that capture our curiosity and grip our hearts the most, these stories often involve large commercial jets. But sometimes air disasters don’t just involve airplanes. In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly details the 2016 hot air balloon disaster that shocked and forever changed the community surrounding Lockhart, Texas, and reignited a debate about the oversight need...

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When it comes to aviation, mechanical issues are part of the equation, and there is plenty of troubleshooting that happens at 35,000 feet. When the crew of United Airlines Flight 173 faced a frustrating issue that put a safe landing in jeopardy, they had no idea that their attempts to fix the problem would lead to a whole new set of catastrophic consequences. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, ...

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The automation onboard Qantas 72, an Airbus A330, was supposed to help keep everyone safe on October 7, 2008. But when that same automation goes terribly awry, it is up to the decisive thinking of the flight crew to try and save everyone onboard. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast as she shares what happened to the flight as well as the devastating psychological scars that were left in the wake...

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Charter flights can be a quick, convenient way to travel to a destination, and that is why the White family boarded their King Air flight as they prepared for a trip home. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares how quickly a routine trip shifted into the stuff of nightmares, testing the mettle of one of the passengers and threatening the lives of everyone on board.

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On October 4, 1992, El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747 cargo jet, sets off from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam- but it never lands at its final destination in Tel Aviv. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she talks about the flight that crashed into a nearby residential neighborhood, leading investigators to determine why all 747 aircraft- and their passengers- may suddenly be at risk.

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As two families and their guide prepared to leave a great vacation behind and return home, they boarded Nature Air Flight 9916 to begin their journey. Within moments, their plane was back on the ground. This week on Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares how this New Year's Eve flight changed lives, communities, and aviation safety. Are charter flights safe for the general public? Don't miss this episod...

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