Episode 12: EgyptAir Flight 990

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20 minutes after takeoff, EgyptAir 990 was enjoying a smooth ride as it climbed above Nantucket's coastline. Less than four minutes later, its wreckage was floating in the Atlantic Ocean. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through the details of an air disaster investigated by two countries. What caused the crash? You might be as surprised by the findings as we were!

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Sources consulted for this story:

  • The Atlantic: The Crash of EgyptAir 990
  • National Transportation Safety Board: Aircraft Accident Brief EgyptAir Flight 990
  • Washington Post: 217 Feared Dead in EgyptAir Crash
  • The New York Times: The Crash Of Egyptair 990: The Overview; Egyptian Jet, Carrying 217, Plunges Into The Atlantic; Cause Of Crash Is Unknown
  • CNN: NTSB blames co-pilot for EgyptAir crash
  • USA Today: In 1999, tragedy for another EgyptAir flight
  • FBI: Inside the FBI: Remembering EgyptAir Flight 990
  • NPR: Pilots Downing Their Planes Is Unusual, But Not Unprecedented
  • BBC: EgyptAir co-pilot 'crashed plane'
  • AP: EgyptAir Crash Victims Remembered
  • The New York Times: EgyptAir Pilot Sought Revenge By Crashing, Co-Worker Said

Show Notes:

At the end of the show, Shelly shared a great story about a man from India who has been planting trees every day for the last 40 years. That led Stephanie to remember her favorite book from childhood, a great story called Miss Rumphius and her quest to make the world more beautiful.


Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered by: Crosse deStreit, Salmon Pond Studios
Graphic design and website by: Adam Hubka
Sound editing and music by: Mike Dunn
EgyptAir Flight 990

Image Source: John Mottern

EgyptAir Flight 990

Image Source: The Providence Journal

EgyptAir Flight 990

Image Source: Wikipedia

EgyptAir Flight 990

Image Source: Getty Images

EgyptAir Flight 990

Image Source: US Coast Guard

EgyptAir Flight 990

The aircraft involved in the accident, circa 1992. Image Source: Wikipedia