Episode 27: Helios Airways Flight 522

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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, which became a ghost plane high above Athens, Greece.

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Show Notes:

In this week's episode, Shelly mentions she has a new obsession via an Atlas Obscura article: The Incredible Ruins of 12 Abandoned Islands. Stephanie shares the obsession; she talks about her visit to West Virginia's Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Stephanie mentioned she visited Athens in high school- and this is the photo of her visit to the Acropolis, which she could see from her hotel's balcony.


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
Helios Airways Flight 522

Wreckage of Helios Airways Flight 522. Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/2011 AP

Recreation of the events in air by NASA. Source: Wikipedia

Helios Airways steward Andreas Prodromou, right, and flight attendant Haris Haralambous. Source: AP