Episode 94: BEA Flight 548

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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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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.


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
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Emergency crews search through the wreckage of BEA Flight 548. Source: Surrey Live

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The tail section of the BEA Flight 548 aircraft. Source: Surrey Live

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The BEA Flight 548 crash site. Source: The Daily Mirror