Summary:On June 18, 1972, just a day before a planned strike in response to working conditions, the flight crew of British European Airways (BEA) Flight 548 found themselves facing a surprising emergency just minutes after takeoff. In this episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through a timeline that led to one of the UK's most deadly plane crashes-- and the shocking factors that contributed to the heartbreaking outcome.
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Sources consulted for this story:
- Accident Report
- Surrey Live: Tragedy after 150 seconds: Staines Trident plane crash that killed 118 people remembered 48 years on
- Surrey Live: 'No one was crying out for help': Former nurse recalls 1972 Trident plane crash
- BBC: 1972: Memories of the Staines air crash
- New York Times: All 118 Killed in Worst British Air Crash
- BBC: Memorial for plane crash victims
- The Post: Call for memorial to businessmen killed in air crash
- UK Parliament: TRIDENT AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT (REPORT)
- BBC: 1972: Pilots threaten worldwide strike
- New York Times: '72 British Crash Linked To Errors by the Crew
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BEA Flight 548
Show Notes:We start this episode by sharing an article sent to us by listener Ashlie: some of the most terrifying things pilots have experienced in flight. What do you think: of all of the stories that have been reported, which would frighten you the most? It's the skydiver and the wild boar for us.
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