Episode 20: Arizin Ventures Gulfstream G-IV

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There is nothing more luxurious than a flight on a private plane—unless your flight doesn't take off at all. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through the decisions and challenges that contributed to the crash of an Arizin Ventures Gulfstream G-IV at Hanscom Field near Boston, Massachusetts. In a situation involving high-profile passengers on a plane with a great safety record, was there anything that could have stopped the crash from happening? The answer may surprise you as much as it surprised us!

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Sources consulted for this story:

  • NTSB Accident Report: Runway Overrun During Rejected Takeoff Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation G-IV, N121JM
  • Boston Globe: Multiple failures led to Hanscom crash, NTSB says
  • CBS: 4 Victims Attended Educational Fundraiser In Concord Before Fatal Hanscom Crash
  • Courier Post: Asbell's spirit felt at Camden feast
  • Courier Post: 2 from South Jersey aboard Atlantic City-bound plane die in fiery crash
  • NTSB: Pilots left wing controls locked in place in Gulfstream crash that killed 7
  • Wicked Local: NTSB announces ruling in 2014 fatal plane crash at Hanscom
  • New York Times: Philadelphia Inquirer Co-Owner Among 7 Killed in Massachusetts Plane Crash
  • NBC Philadelphia: Causes of Death Revealed Next Week in Katz Plane Crash
  • Philadelphia Inquirer: 'I can't stop it.' Last words from the crash that killed Lewis Katz

Show Notes:

Stephanie and Shelly discuss a bit of a travel phenomenon stemming from Taiwan: flights that don't go anywhere. Read more about them and let us know if you would spend money on a "fake flight."


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

Site of the plane crash. Source: CBS News

Skid marks on the runway leading to the crash site. Source: Wicked Local