Episode 109: DHL Baghdad Attempted Takedown

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When the two pilots and flight engineer of a civilian DHL A300 cargo plane took off from Baghdad International Airport on November 22, 2003, they were rocked by what came next. Within minutes, the plane’s left wing is struck by a blast, and now the flight crew is faced with an impending catastrophe. Join Shelly as she walks us through the gripping situation in the cockpit, and how if the crew are to survive, they must accomplish the extraordinary: fly the crippled A300 in a way that has never been done before.

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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

The damage to the left wing caused by the surface-to-air missile

Flight crew that saved the DHL cargo plane after the strike