Episode 105: The Mato Grosso Midair Collision

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September 29, 2006 was supposed to be a celebratory flight for the 2 flight crew and 5 passengers onboard an ExcelAire private Legacy 600 business jet. But everything changed in a moment when the plane suffers serious damage, and it soon emerges that this jet may have collided with a Boeing 737 Gol passenger jet carrying 154 people. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as shares the heartbreaking tale of two planes on a collision course with disaster, and the controversial investigation that led to an aviation crisis across Brazil and highlighted the vulnerabilities of the country’s air traffic control system.

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Show Notes:

We start this episode by leaning into our love of organization- specifically our love of The Home Edit. Let us know if you have found yourself inspired to do a little spring cleaning as well!

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Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn

Wreckage from Gol Flight 1907 on the jungle floor. Source: Reuters

The 2006 Mato Grosso Midair Collision

Air Crash Investigation animation frame showing the moment of the 2006 Mato Grosso Midair Collision

The 2006 Mato Grosso Midair Collision

Image of the ExcelAire Legacy jet wing damage from the collision. Source: The Brazilian Air Force