Episode 17: John F. Kennedy Jr. Plane Crash

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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 the story of the plane crash that claimed the lives of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn, and her sister Lauren. What should have been a quick flight in a private plane turned into a devastating loss for one of the USA's most famous families- but what caused the fatal crash? You might be surprised by some of the reasons things went wrong—both inside and outside of the cockpit!

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Show Notes:

Shelly and Stephanie shared a few memorable disaster stories from previous trips—and we want to hear yours! Send us your travel tales of woe through our contact form or social media channels. We'll share a few during upcoming podcast episodes!


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
John F. Kennedy Jr. Plane Crash

Reconstructed plane from the John F. Kennedy Jr. crash. Image Source: Alethonews.com

John F. Kennedy Jr. Plane Crash

John F. Kennedy Jr.'s aircraft, a 1995 Piper Saratoga. Image Source: Boston Globe

John F. Kennedy Jr. Plane Crash

Rescuers searching for the aircraft and passengers. Image Source: Reuters

John F. Kennedy Jr. Plane Crash

Flowers outside of a makeshift shrine honoring John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn, and his sister-in-law Lauren. Image Source: Reuters