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

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