Layover Episode: Northwest Airlines Flight 85

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Moments after settling into the crew rest area, the senior crew of Northwest Airlines Flight 85 was called back to the cockpit by their relief crew. The emergency unfolding was unexplainable, and the stakes were as high as they could be: with more than 400 souls onboard, it was up to the flight crew to find a way to bring their broken aircraft safely back to the ground. In our final episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie tells an incredible story that reflects just how human the flight experience really is.

The flight 85 flight crew. Source: Wikimedia

The incident aircraft in Japan in 2009. Source: Wikimedia

The incident aircraft arriving at the Delta Flight Museum. Source: Wikimedia