Episode 29: 737 MAX Crashes: Lion Air Flight 610 & Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302

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Two crashes involving the new 737 MAX aircraft, one in October 2018 and one in March 2019, took the lives of 346 people. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly recounts the terror that happened onboard Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, as well as the investigation that followed, which led to shocking discoveries about how the 737 MAX design came to be and the flawed process used to certify the plane as safe.

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We start this episode by talking about our new favorite quarantine activity: baking! Stephanie baked an almost perfect cheesecake; this photo shares a few of her other creations. Need recipes? Just ask!


Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered by: Crosse deStreit, Salmon Pond Studios
Sound editing by: Stephanie Hubka
Graphic design and website by: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn

Wreckage at the crash scene of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Source: Reuters (Tiksa Negeri)

Aircraft involved in the Lion Air crash that was Flight 610. Source: PK-REN

Shoes of passengers of Lion Air Flight 610 at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia. Source: Reuters

Aircraft involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash that was Flight 302. Source: LLBG Spotter

A Boeing 737 MAX jet, piloted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson. Source: Elaine Thompson, AP