Summary:It took less than a minute for a normal takeoff to turn into an unimaginable nightmare for passengers on Cubana de Aviación Flight 972. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through the events that contributed to a memorable crash in Havana, Cuba, the surprising reasons that contributed to it, and the important lessons the flight has to teach.
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Sources consulted for this story:
- Comisión de Investigación de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación: Informe Final del Accidente Ocurrido el 18 de Mayo de 2018
- On Cuba News: Plane crash in Havana was due to "chain of errors"
- Havana Times: Final Report on Last Year's Horrific Airplane Crash in Havana
- Flight Global: Cuban probe details balance errors behind fatal 737 crash
- New York Times: Cuba Blames Plane Crew for Deadly 2018 Crash
- Air Live: Cuba Boeing 737 crash caused by human error – company says
- Time: Company Behind Cuba Plane Crash Was Subject of 2 Previous Performance Complaints
- New York Times: More Than 100 Die as Aging Cuban Airliner Crashes
- AP News: Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints
Show Notes:The flights to nowhere are still popping up- but this time we're starting to understand why. Check out this article about Quantas' approach to flights in the era of COVID-19.
Credits: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