Black Box Down

Black Box Down

A true crime podcast in the air. Lifelong aviation enthusiast Gustavo Sorola and his co-host Chris Demarais break down the major accidents in aviation and the steps taken to prevent future disasters. If you like true-crime podcasts but want something fresh and unique, you’ll love Black Box Down. Subscribe now and fasten your seat belt.

Episodes

June 29, 2023 75 mins
Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais discuss the future of the aviation industry in this final episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by Rocket Money, go to http://rocketmoney.com/blackboxdown to cancel unwanted subscriptions with Rocket Money; Henson Shaving, go to https://hensonshaving.com and enter BLACKBOXDOWN at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the r...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais explore the more than 25 year saga of the Berlin Brandenberg Airport. Find out the story behind the troubled development of the German capitol's airport after the fall of the Berlin Wall on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp — go to http://betterhelp.com/blackboxdown to get 10% off your first month; and Green Chef — go to http://greenchef.com/blackboxdown60 with...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais discover the details of Air Florida Flight 90 after it crashed in the frozen Potomac River just after takeoff. A harrowing rescue managed to extract only 6 people after the aircraft struck the 14th Street bridge connecting Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Find out what happened on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by Shady Rays: go to http://shadyrays.com and use co...
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Chris Demarais and Gustavo Sorola dig through the details of what caused Copa Flight 201 to crash into one of the most remote jungles on the planet. What happened to this flight that led it to become the deadliest accident in Panamanian aviation history? Find out on this episode of Black Bock Down. This episode is brought to you by RTX, go to http://rtxaustin.com to buy your badge now! Find us on social media and buy our merch here...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais investigate what happened to Kenya Airways Flight 507 after the pilots failed to recover from a hard bank roll that fatally ended in the tragic loss of all 114 people on board. Find out what happened on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by by BetterHelp — go to http://betterhelp.com/blackboxdown to get 10% off your first month; Rocket Money, go to http://rocketmoney.com/bla...
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Chris Demarais and Gustavo Sorola uncover how a wrong turn became deadly for Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp — go to http://betterhelp.com/rooster to get 10% off your first month, Express VPN — go to http://expressvpn.com/blackboxdown to find out how you can get 3 months free, and RTX — Go to http://rtxaustin.com to buy your badge! Find us on social media and ...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais investigate what happened to Northwest Airlines Flight 85 that caused the plane to get stuck in a hard left bank over the Bering Sea. Find out how the flight crew managed to fight an unresponsive rudder and if they managed to make it back to the ground safely on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by Green Chef, go to http://greenchef.com/blackboxdown60 with code blackboxdown...
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Chris Demarais and Gustavo Sorola discover what happened to Uni Air Flight 873 after an explosion rocked the passenger cabin just after landing, spreading a fire and forcing an emergency evacuation. Find out what caused this tragic event on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by Aura Frames, go to http://auraframes.com and use code BLACKBOXDOWN to get free shipping at checkout, Rocket Money, go to http://rocke...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais get to the bottom of what happened when a propeller detached from a Lockheed L-188C and cut open the belly of the fuselage forcing Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8 crew to take drastic measures to attempt to land the aircraft with no controls. Find out what happened on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp — go to http://betterhelp.com/blackboxdown to get 10% off yo...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais uncover the details of Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 after a hijacker took over the aircraft with a revolver he smuggled past security and ended up murdering all 43 people on board. Find out how this nightmare unfolded on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode is sponsored by Lectric Bikes, go to http://lectricebikes.com to learn more about Lectric eBikes’ Ready, Set, Spring Sale. Th...
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Chris Demarais and Gustavo Sorola uncover what happened to British Airtours Flight 28M when a fire broke out during the takeoff roll. Find out what happened and how this tragedy changed the safety protocols for the airline industry on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode brought to you by Green Chef, go to http://greenchef.com/blackboxdown60 with code blackboxdown60 for 60% off and free shipping, Express VPN, go to http://e...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais figure out how a terrorist bomb explosion failed to bring down Philippine Airlines Flight 434. With the aid of a competent crew and quick thinking, the aircraft managed to land safely with the tragic loss of one passenger. Find out what happened on this episode of Black Box Down. This episode brought to you by Aura Frames, go to http://auraframes.com and use code BLACKBOXDOWN to get free shipping ...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais are joined by Blaine Gibson of 'Tales from the Stinky Dragon' fame to pick apart the details of Hollywood's attempts to portray air travel in movies. Find out which films got it right in this Bonus episode of Black Box Down.  This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp — go to http://betterhelp.com/blackboxdown to get 10% off your first month, and Lectric Bikes, go to http://lectricebikes.com to check...
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Chris Demarais and Gustavo Sorola dive into the reasons smoking has been banned on airlines. Find out why airlines have put a stop to the Madmen era of smoking on flights in this episode of Black Box Down.  Sponsored by Lectric eBikes (http://lectricebikes.com), Green Chef (http://greenchef.com/blackboxdown60 and use code blackboxdown60), and Tales from the Stinky Dragon (https://link.chtbl.com/stinkydragontales). Find us on social...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais uncover what happened to Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 after it collided with a Cessna 172 and crashed into a San Diego neighborhood below. How did these planes collide if the PSA captain had the Cessna in sight? Could air traffic control have done more to intervene? What prevents this kind of thing from happening today? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Find us on social media an...
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Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais uncover the details of LaMia Flight 2933 carrying a Brazilian soccer team and their entourage from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to the final match of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana tournament in Colombia. The flight would disappear in the mountains outside of Medellín after a fuel emergency and resulting engine flame out. What happened to LaMia Flight 2933? How did a low fuel situation get out of hand so quickl...
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Chris Demarais and Gustavo Sorola investigate what happened after a propeller exploded and forced Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 out of the air shortly after takeoff. What caused the left engine to malfunction? Could anything have been done to make it back to the airport? Did anybody survive this crash? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Find us on social media and buy our merch here! https://linktr.ee/BlackBoxDown...
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Chris Demarais and Gustavo Sorola find out why Birgenair Flight 301, a Boeing 757 with 189 people on board, fell out of the sky and crashed in the Atlantic shortly after taking off from the Dominican Republic. What could have caused the airliner to stall so soon after departure? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Find us on social media and buy our merch here! https://linktr.ee/BlackBoxDownPod Go to blackboxdownpod.com to ...
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Chris Demarais and Gustavo Sorola uncover what happened to KLM Cityhopper Flight 433 after the airliner failed to reach enough speed to takeoff safely. After a failed landing attempt in Amsterdam, the flight crashed in a field less than 2,000 feet to the right of the runway killing 3 of the people on board. What happened to cause this flight to crash so close to the runway? Was this accident avoidable? Find out on this episode of B...
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January 19, 2023 59 mins
Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais attempt to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of Adam Air 574, a Boeing 737 with 102 people on board, en route to Manado from Surabaya in Indonesian when Air Traffic Control lost them from radar over the ocean in the vicinity of the Makassar Strait. What happened to this routine flight that ended up becoming the deadliest aviation accident involving a Boeing 737-400 and got Indonesian air...
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