Episode 21: Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182

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It was a routine flight about ready to prepare for landing in San Diego - but the flight never made it safely. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly walks us through the terrifying - and frustrating - sequence of events that led to a deadly midair collision between Pacific Southwest Airlines 182 and a Cessna above San Diego in 1978. You'll never believe the simple yet devastating mistakes that led to this crash.

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Show Notes:

Shelly mentioned the science of memory during this story based on a TED Talk by scientist Julia Shaw.

Shelly and Stephanie talked about one of their other obsessions: abandoned sites and cities. Shelly mentioned Varosha, Famagusta, and Stephanie talked about her visits to Centralia, Pennsylvania and Deception Island near Antarctica (which has an abandoned plane hangar!).


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
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PSA Flight 182 as it crashes. Source: Hans Wendt, San Diego County

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The actual PSA plane (known as Flight 182). Source: Edge to Edge Photography

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The crash site. Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

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A Cessna similar to the one in the story. Source: Skytamer

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Memorial Plaque. Source: PSA Flight 182 Memorial Facebook Page