Episode 83: China Airlines Flight 006

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On February 19, 1985, China Airlines Flight 006, with 274 people onboard, experienced a malfunction of its number four engine while cruising at almost forty thousand feet. Suddenly, the plane entered a dive, spiraling down out of the sky. In episode 83 of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly shares the terrifying details of a plane out of control and an investigation that reached several uncomfortable conclusions about what led to the fall.

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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
China Airlines Flight 006

Diagram of the plane’s roll according to the NTSB data, courtesy of the NTSB. Source: Wikipedia

China Airlines Flight 006

The actual accident airplane. Source: thisdayinaviation.com

China Airlines Flight 006

Illustration of what China Airlines Flight 006 looked like as it rolled. Source: airlive.net

China Airlines Flight 006

The damaged plane that was China Airlines Flight 006. Source: Admiral Cloudberg with credit to Code 7700

China Airlines Flight 006

Captain Min-Yuan Ho, describing the incident to reporters at San Francisco Airport, February 1985. Source: thisdayinaviation.com