Summary:January 8, 1996 was by all accounts a very normal day for the people of Kinshasa in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Normalcy was shattered when the city found itself in the throws of one of the world's most shocking and devastating air disasters. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through the events that led to a heartbreaking crash that shed light on what safety means-- and doesn't mean-- to the airlines and individuals involved.
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Sources consulted for this story:
- Washington Post: 200 DIE AS PLANE FALLS ON MARKET
- South African History Online: A cargo plane crashes into a market in Kinshasa, Zaire, killing at least 350 people
- Tampa Bay Times: Cargo plane plunges into crowded Zaire market
- CNN: 250 feared killed in Zaire crash
- Washington Post: DEATH TOLL NEAR 300 IN ZAIRE PLANE CRASH
- Bureau of Aircraft Accident Archives: CRASH OF AN ANTONOV AN-32B IN KINSHASA: 298 KILLED
- New York Times: Plane in Zaire Hits Market, Killing 250
- Vanity Fair: Congo from the Cockpit
- BBC: DR Congo: Is it one of the most dangerous places to fly?
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Credits:Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn