Layover Episode: COVID-19 Crashes

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We're so excited to bring you our very first Layover Episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast!

If you think of our new episodes released every Thursday as nonstop flights, Layover Episodes are like connections between your departure and arrival airports. Instead of having to wait until you arrive at your final destination to stretch your legs and eat something more than a packet of peanuts, layovers give you a chance to walk around or get a snack during your journey. Layover Episodes will pop up on occassion in between our regularly scheduled episodes to provide some bonus content, mini stories, current events, or other surprises to make the wait for new episodes a little easier. And since our layovers will never lead to flight delays or lost luggage, we hope you look forward to them as much as we do!

In this episode, Shelly and Stephanie take turns sharing mini stories about air disasters connected to COVID-19. From repatriation flights to planes carrying virus samples, and from small aircraft to sophisticated military jets, you'll be surprised at all of the ways aviation plays a role in our quest to eliminate the coronavirus (we know we were!). There's already a lot to learn from these disasters and their legacies!

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Sources consulted for this story:

African Express Plane Crash
  • BBC: Coronavirus: Somalia probes Kenyan aid plane crash
  • Reuters: Six dead as plane carrying coronavirus aid crashes in Somalia
  • The Aviation Herald: Crash: East African Express E120 at Berdale on May 4th 2020, aircraft shot down by Ethiopian troops
Bolivian Air Force Plane Crash
  • VOA: 6 Die in Plane Crash in Bolivia
  • El País: Mueren tres españoles al estrellarse una avioneta en Bolivia
  • El Alteño: A star plane and its crew die burned
  • Diari Més Digital: Celebren un funeral pel matrimoni de Reus víctima de l'accident d'avioneta a Bolívia
Mission Aviation Fellowship Plane Crash
  • CNN: American woman dies in plane crash while attempting to deliver Covid-19 tests to remote Indonesian village
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship: Tribute to Joyce Lin
  • Washington Post: An American pilot was devoted to serving people in remote Indonesian villages. She died trying to bring them covid-19 tests.
Canadian Snowbirds Plane Crash
  • Washington Post: Canadian jet crashes during flyover for front-line coronavirus workers, killing 1 and setting a house ablaze
  • Kamloops This Week: Snowbird jet crashes into Kamloops house
  • The Globe and Mail: Captain Jennifer Casey, killed in Snowbirds crash, was an 'all-rounder'


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

Canadian Snowbirds Crash - Image Source: Facebook

Joyce Lin in Indonesia. Image Source: Washington Post

Joyce Lin MA. Image Source: CNN

African Express crash site. Image Source: Aviation Herald

Captain Jennifer Casey. Image Source: Kamloops This Week

Jennifer Casey Tribute - Image Source: Globe and Mail

VOA: Bolivian Plane Crash Site