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Layover Episode: Operation Diamond: The Story of Munir Redfa
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Exclusive for Podcrashers: In this Layover Episode for our Podcrasher community, Shelly recounts how an Iraqi pilot absconded to Israel with a MiG-21 – and forever ripped open the secrets of Soviet fighter capabilities for the West during the now … Read More

Episode 68: United Airlines Flight 232 Part 1
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Summary: When the crew of United Airlines Flight 232 boarded their aircraft on July 19, 1989, they had no idea they were just a few hours away from the greatest challenge they would ever face. In the skies above Iowa, … Read More

Episode 67: Asiana Airlines Flight 214
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Summary: On July 6, 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed into a seawall upon landing at San Francisco International Airport, and divided the NTSB over the main cause of the crash – was it due to pilot error or the … Read More

Patreon Episode: Sabena Flight 548
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Exclusive for Podcrashers: On February 15, 1961, Sabena Flight 548 was carrying a plane full of travelers across the Atlantic Ocean. Among the passengers was the entire US Figure Skating team as they looked ahead to participating in the World … Read More

Episode 66: USAir Flight 427
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Summary: There is so much to be learned from every plane crash, and this week’s episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast takes a look at an investigation so detailed and thorough it took the NTSB more … Read More

Episode 65: British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Flight 911
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Summary: As the crew of BOAC Flight 911 tried to get closer to give their passengers a better view of Mount Fuji on March 5, 1966, disaster suddenly struck, and the 707 fell in pieces back to earth. Following the … Read More

Layover Episode: Bad Behavior on Planes
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Exclusive for Podcrashers: If there is one thing most of us have missed over the last year, it’s travel. When you think of flying, it’s easy to get lost in the magic of it: gliding through the clouds, marveling at … Read More

Episode 64: Payne Stewart Plane Crash
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Summary: Communication is key for most flights; communication between members of the flight crew is essential, and communication with air traffic control is equally important. When a private Learjet stopped communicating with ATC on October 25, 1999, officials on the … Read More

Episode 63: Aeroflot Flight 821
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Summary: It only takes just one major mistake to set a disaster in motion. In this episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster podcast, Shelly shares the shocking story of Aeroflot Nord Flight 821, which crashed upon landing … Read More

Episode 62: Singapore Airlines Flight 006
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Summary: As a typhoon crawled toward Taiwan, Singapore Airlines Flight 006 began its taxi toward the runway, and the flight crew was prepared for a slippery but safe departure toward calmer skies en route to Los Angeles. Before the plane … Read More

Patreon Episode: Kenya Airways Flight 507
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Exclusive for Podcrashers: On May 5, 2007, Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashed shortly after takeoff near Douala, Cameroon. The investigation unraveled a startling sequence of events that pointed toward a flight doomed only because a preventable human error was exacerbated … Read More

Episode 61: Korean Air Lines Flight 007
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Summary: In the early morning hours of September 1, 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 crashed into the North Pacific Ocean off Sakhalin Island. The cause of the crash quickly becomes clear to the world: a Soviet fighter jet has … Read More

Layover Episode: Aurelia Grigore: The Stewardess who Survived Two Crashes
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Exclusive for Podcrashers: In this Layover Episode for our Podcrasher community, Shelly recounts the very little-known story of Aurelia Grigore, the airline stewardess who survived not one but two plane crashes and lived to tell about it. We were seriously … Read More

Episode 60: Air India Flight 182
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Summary: Just 30 minutes before Air India Flight 182 was scheduled to arrive in London, it disappeared from radar. That marked the first moment when anyone realized the flight was in distress- including the passengers and crew on board. In … Read More

Episode 59: Crossair Flight 498
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Summary: In episode 59 of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, we explore Crossair Flight 498, which crashed shortly after takeoff on January 10, 2000 outside Zurich, Switzerland. The investigation finds a combination of variables that led to … Read More

Patreon Episode: Braniff Airways Flight 352
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Exclusive for Podcrashers: Bad weather is nothing new for pilots, but when a line of thunderstorms looked more menacing than expected, the flight crew on Braniff Airlines Flight 352 wondered if a diversion might be in order. What happened next … Read More

Episode 58: Swissair Flight 111
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Summary: By the time Swissair Flight 111 reached its cruising altitude in the evening hours of September 2, 1998, there was no reason to expect anything other than a safe flight. Less than an hour after takeoff, a strange smell … Read More

Episode 57: TAROM Flight 371
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Summary: In episode 57 of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, we explore the story of TAROM Flight 371, which crashed shortly after takeoff on March 31, 1995 in the small town of Balotești, Romania. The investigation soon … Read More

Layover Episode: How to Survive a Plane Crash
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Exclusive for Podcrashers: We learn something new about safe travel through every episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, yet there’s often still one question in the back of our minds: what does it take to survive … Read More

Episode 56: MacRobertson Miller Airlines Flight 1750
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Summary: When MacRobertson Miller Airlines Flight 1750 took off from Perth, Australia on December 31, 1968, there had been 64 air disasters worldwide during the year. No one knew that the year would end with 65 plane crashes— or that … Read More

Episode 55: Aeroperú Flight 603
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Summary: Shortly after midnight on October 2, 1996, Aeroperú Flight 603 crashed into the ocean. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast as she tells the story of a cockpit in chaos and … Read More

Patreon Episode: Pan Am Flight 759
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Exclusive for Podcrashers: On July 9, 1982, Pan Am Flight 759 took off from New Orleans International Airport just like any other flight. Right after the plane took to the sky, disaster struck not only for Pan Am 759, but … Read More

Episode 54: American Airlines Flight 191
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Summary: On May 25, 1979, a routine flight from Chicago to Los Angeles made its way into the history books as the deadliest aviation disaster in US history at the time. In week’s episode of Take to the Sky: the … Read More

Episode 53: Comair Flight 5191
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Summary: In the early morning hours of August 27, 2006, Comair Flight 5191 crashes at the end of a runway at Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport. The investigation soon reveals the shocking reason why and what this plane crash can teach us … Read More

Episode 52: Pilgrim Airlines Flight 458
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Summary: Ice on the wings of a plane can be catastrophic, but a little ice on the windshield on a winter New England day isn’t out of the ordinary. In 1982, that challenge set a frightening chain of events into … Read More

Episode 51: 1961 Ndola United Nations Flight Hammarskjöld
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Summary: In 1961, Dag Hammarskjöld, the second-ever UN Secretary General, died in a plane crash. Immediate findings point to pilot error, but over the next 50 years, clues begin to surface that point to more sinister intentions. Join Shelly in … Read More

Episode 50: TAM Flight 3054
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Summary: On July 17, 2007, it took less than 10 seconds for an Airbus A320 landing at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport to switch from a typical landing to Brazil’s deadliest plane crash. In this week’s episode of Take to the … Read More

Episode 49: Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Rankin
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Summary: On July 26, 1959, Marine Lt. Col. William Henry Rankin finds himself in an impossible situation 47,000 feet in air over the coast of North Carolina. After his single engine F8 Crusader fails, Lt. Col. William Henry Rankin decides … Read More

Episode 48: LOT Polish Airlines Flight 5055
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Summary: It was a sunny morning in Poland when LOT Polish Airlines Flight 5055 started its journey to New York City, but the routine takeoff quickly turned tragic when a sudden emergency necessitated an immediate landing. In this week’s episode … Read More

Layover Episode: Review of “Invisible Sky”
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Summary: Accident investigations are almost synonymous with the National Transportation Safety Board, or the NTSB. Recognized around the world as the gold standard in investigations, the NTSB’s diligence and authority have contributed to findings, probable causes, and recommendations that have … Read More

Episode 47: Alaska Airlines Flight 261
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Summary: Many professionals have behind-the-scenes jobs to do that help keep a plane flying safely, from maintenance personnel all the way to the flight crew. But what happens if someone does not do their job in the right way, setting … Read More

Episode 46: China Airlines Flight 140
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Summary: The last few moments of a flight’s descent are typically smooth as the aircraft lowers to the ground– so what would cause a plane to suddenly pick up speed and shoot back into the sky? In this week’s episode … Read More

Episode 45: Lockhart, TX Hot Air Balloon Disaster
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Summary: When we think of the air disasters that capture our curiosity and grip our hearts the most, these stories often involve large commercial jets. But sometimes air disasters don’t just involve airplanes. In this episode of Take to the … Read More

Episode 44: United Airlines Flight 173
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Summary: When it comes to aviation, mechanical issues are part of the equation, and there is plenty of troubleshooting that happens at 35,000 feet. When the crew of United Airlines Flight 173 faced a frustrating issue that put a safe … Read More

Episode 43: Qantas Flight 72
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Summary: The automation onboard Qantas 72, an Airbus A330, was supposed to help keep everyone safe on October 7, 2008. But when that same automation goes terribly awry, it is up to the decisive thinking of the flight crew to … Read More

Episode 42: King Air N559DW
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Summary: Charter flights can be a quick, convenient way to travel to a destination, and that is why the White family boarded their King Air flight as they prepared for a trip home. In this week’s episode of Take to … Read More

Episode 41: El Al Flight 1862
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Summary: On October 4, 1992, El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747 cargo jet, sets off from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam — but it never lands at its final destination in Tel Aviv. Join Shelly in this episode of Take … Read More

Episode 40: Nature Air Flight 9916
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Summary: As two families and their guide prepared to leave a great vacation behind and return home, they boarded Nature Air Flight 9916 to begin their journey. Within moments, their plane was back on the ground. This week on Take … Read More

Layover Episode: 2020 Podcast Year in Review
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Summary: 2020 was an unforgettable year for many reasons, but for us it’s because we started Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast! In this Layover Episode, Shelly and Stephanie toast to a year of exploring air disasters and … Read More

Episode 39: British Midland Flight 92
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Summary: On January 9, 1989, British Midland Flight 92 sets off for Belfast, Northern Ireland. But shortly into the flight, the brand new 737-400 aircraft experiences what everyone thinks is a catastrophic mechanical failure. Join Shelly in this episode of … Read More

Episode 38: The Hindenburg
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Summary: On May 6, 1937, crowds formed near Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey to welcome the first Zeppelin transatlantic flight of the year. History knows what happened next: just moments before landing, the Hindenburg burst into flames as … Read More

Episode 37: ValuJet Flight 592
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Summary: Inflight fire is one of the worst situations for any pilot or passenger. On May 11, 1996, everyone onboard ValuJet Flight 592 tries desperately to survive as things inside the cabin only get worse by the minute. Join Shelly … Read More

Episode 36: American Airlines Flight 965
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Summary: Cockpits are busy places. Fortunately, aviation technology has advanced to support flight crews and make the tasks related to flying streamlined—and certainly easier than ever before. In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie … Read More

Episode 35: Thanksgiving Plane Crashes – The Perry Family and Hansen Family
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Summary: The American Thanksgiving holiday, for those who celebrate it, is a time to appreciate all we have. For some families, though, it can be a devastating reminder of all they have lost. Join Shelly in our holiday episode of … Read More

Episode 34: UPS Flight 6
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Summary: Most packages delivered to your door arrive after a journey that includes time on the road- and in the air. This week, Stephanie shares a tragic tale with some surprising consequences as we take a look at UPS Airlines … Read More

Episode 33: American Airlines Flight 587
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Summary: As America began to return to a sense of normalcy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, no one could imagine that just 60 days later, New York would once again be reeling from another crash involving a commercial jetliner. In … Read More

Episode 32: United Airlines Flight 811
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Summary: There may be nothing scarier than sitting on an airplane with a gaping hole in the side of it- but that is exactly what happened to 336 passengers on United Flight 811 in 1989. This week on Take to … Read More

Episode 31: American Eagle Flight 4184
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Summary: American Eagle Flight 4184 was just any other short-haul flight over the Midwest—until it plummeted into a soybean field in Roselawn, Indiana, on Halloween 1994. Listen to the newest episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast … Read More

Layover Episode: Interview with Witness to 9/11 Pentagon Attack
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Summary: September 11th will live in many people’s memories as the day when devastating terrorist attacks on US soil forever changed air travel. 9/11 also changed and reshaped the lives of many Americans, many of whom are still impacted by … Read More

Episode 30: British Airtours Flight 28M
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Summary: As 131 passengers settled in for a full flight from Manchester to Corfu, they had no idea they were about to play a role in an unforgettable air disaster before even leaving the ground. In this week’s episode of … Read More

Episode 29: 737 MAX Crashes: Lion Air Flight 610 & Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302
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Summary: Two crashes involving the new 737 MAX aircraft, one in October 2018 and one in March 2019, took the lives of 346 people. In this week’s episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly recounts the … Read More

Episode 28: Scandinavian Airways Flight 751
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Summary: When Captain Stefan Rasmussen hears a strange noise as part of Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751’s takeoff rotation, he has no idea that the next four minutes of his life will be spent living out a pilot’s worst nightmare. In … Read More

Episode 27: Helios Airways Flight 522
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Summary: What causes an entire plane full of people – including passengers and crew – to become incapacitated? In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly tells the eerie story of Helios Airways Flight 522, … Read More

Episode 26: Cubana de Aviación Flight 972
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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 … Read More

Episode 25: Eastern Airlines Shuttle Flight 1320
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Summary: In the late 1960s, airplane hijackings were regarded as mere inconviences to both passengers and crew. Usually, those incidents ended with a flight to Cuba and free drinks for passengers. But, on St. Patrick’s Day 1970, as Eastern Airlines … Read More

Episode 24: 9/11 Anniversary Special Part 2 – American Airlines Flight 77 & United Airlines Flight 93
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Summary: On September 11, 2001, four commercial flights were commandeered by terrorists and flown into buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C., and into a field outside Shanksville, PA. That day foever changed America and the way that we … Read More

Episode 23: 9/11 Anniversary Special Part 1 – American Airlines Flight 11 & United Airlines 175
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Summary: On September 11, 2001, four commercial jetliners were commandeered by terrorists and flown into buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C., and into a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. That day forever changed America and the way that we … Read More

Episode 22: Turkish Airlines Flight 981
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Summary: Travel interruptions can wreck havoc on your plans, and when your flight is cancelled there is no greater feeling of relief than confirming a ticket on a plane about to depart. For many passengers on Turkish Airlines Flight 981, … Read More

Episode 21: Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182
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Summary: It was a routine flight about ready to prepare for landing in San Diego – but the flight never made it safely. In this week’s episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly walks us through … Read More

Episode 20: Arizin Ventures Gulfstream G-IV
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Summary: There is nothing more luxurious than a flight on a private plane—unless your flight doesn’t take off at all. In this week’s episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through the decisions and … Read More

Episode 19: Nigeria Airways Flight 2120
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Summary: It should have been a trip of a lifetime for the passengers onboard Nigeria Airways Flight 2120. But just within minutes of taking off, a disaster strikes that would cause the loss of life of those onboard and forever … Read More

Episode 18: British Airways Flight 9
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Summary: As 248 flight passengers flew high above Jakarta, Indonesia, the hum of the plane’s mechanical systems was suddenly replaced by eerie silence as all four engines unexpectedly burned out. In this week’s episode of Take to the Sky: The … Read More

Episode 17: John F. Kennedy Jr. Plane Crash
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Summary: What do you get when you combine a successful member of a famous family, a novice pilot, a stressful career, and relationship woes? In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly takes us through … Read More

Episode 16: Saudia Flight 163
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Summary: When traveling on a plane, you’ll hear plenty of chimes, dings, and other sounds that indicate how the flight is progressing. One sound you don’t want to hear, though, is the smoke detector. In this week’s episode of Take … Read More

Episode 15: The 1958 Munich Air Disaster
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Summary: Ice and snow may be an expected part of cold weather travel, but they can also lead to disastrous situations. In this week’s episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly tells the story of the … Read More

Episode 14: Northwest Airlines Flight 255
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Summary: On August 16, 1987, Northwest Airlines flight 255 was ready for takeoff. With a full flight of passengers ready for departure and an experienced crew in the cockpit, their flight from Detroit to Phoenix was set to be smooth- … Read More

Episode 13: Continental Connection Flight 3407
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Summary: In this week’s episode, Shelly takes us into the world of regional airlines as we look at the legacy of Continental Connection Flight 3407, also known as Colgan Air Flight 3407. When a flight from Newark to Buffalo stalls … Read More

Layover Episode: COVID-19 Crashes
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Summary: 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 … Read More

Episode 12: EgyptAir Flight 990
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Summary: 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: … Read More

Episode 11: Southern Airways Flight 242
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Summary: In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly shares the incredible story of Southern Airways Flight 242, which was ravaged inflight by a powerful storm. The pilots had to take desperate actions if they … Read More

Episode 10: TWA Flight 800
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Summary: What could cause an airplane to turn into a ball of fire just 12 minutes after takeoff? In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes a look at TWA 800, one of the … Read More

Episode 9: Federal Express Flight 705
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Summary: In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly tells one of the most amazing stories of pilot heroism in the sky when a routine flight became a fight for life. When what should have … Read More

Episode 8: USAF IFO-21 Dubrovnik
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Summary: When it comes to flying VIPs, there is never room for shortcuts- or is there? In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us on the journey of USAF IFO-21, a 1996 US … Read More

Episode 7: Grand Canyon Mid-Air Collision
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Summary: In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly shares the story of a historic Grand Canyon mid-air plane collision from 1956 that forever changed the way we fly. From the decisions that led to … Read More

Episode 6: Air Canada Flight 797
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Summary: In the days when smoking was allowed on passenger flights, the smell of smoke didn’t always suggest a major issue onboard. In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us on the journey … Read More

Episode 5: Germanwings Flight 9525
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Summary: Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she tells the tale of an airplane that suddenly disappears over the French Alps. And the truth of the air disaster reveals the horrors … Read More

Episode 4: Air New Zealand Flight 901
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Summary: In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares the story of Air New Zealand Flight 901, a sightseeing trip over Antarctica that ended in tragedy when it crashed into the continent miles away … Read More

Episode 3: Air France Flight 447
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Summary: In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly tells the frightening and harrowing story of Air France Flight 447, which disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean in May 2009. It was two years before investigators … Read More

Episode 2: Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571
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Summary: In our second episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie tells the tale of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which earned the nickname Miracle in the Andes when it crashed into the mountains on October … Read More

Episode 1: Air Florida Flight 90
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Summary: Inaugural Episode! Join Shelly and Stephanie for this inaugural episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, where Shelly tells the tragic story of Air Florida Flight 90, also known as the 14th Street Bridge crash in … Read More