Episode 21: Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182

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Summary:

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!).

Credits:

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

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

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

The crash site. Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Memorial Plaque. Source: PSA Flight 182 Memorial Facebook Page