Episode 14: Northwest Airlines Flight 255

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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- once they got above the thunderstorms drenching the airport. Was that the reason the plane spent only 30 seconds in the air before crashing to the ground? This week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast has plot twists, turns, and unimaginable surprises. Join us as we look at who was on board, why the crash happened, and what its legacy means to safe air travel today.

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Show Notes:

Shelly shared a great book she read called The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, which is the author's story of her decades of survivor's guilt and flashbacks following her imprisonment at Auschwitz. It's an incredible read.

Stephanie mentioned a popular meme that questions whether we really need to cancel 2020 after all- maybe it's just the year we have been waiting for. We found it to share with you.


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
Northwest Airlines Flight 255

Northwest Airlines Flight 255. Source: NY Daily News Dale Atkins/AP

Aerial view of the airport. Image Source: FAA.gov

Northwest Airlines Flight 255

Northwest Airlines Flight 255. Source: Living Safely with Human Error

Northwest Airlines Flight 255

Image Source: Living Safely with Human Error