Summary:Communication is key for most flights; communication between members of the flight crew is essential, and communication with air traffic control is equally important. When a private Learjet stopped communicating with ATC on October 25, 1999, officials on the ground knew quickly that the day would end in tragedy. The fates of all 6 people on board, including golfer Payne Stewart, were sealed as the plane continued its journey across the USA. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, join Stephanie as she shares the clues investigators used to understand what went wrong and how this flight impacted aviation safety for all of us.
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Sources consulted for this story:
- Flight map comparing the Learjet's intended vs. actual routes (source: Airsafe.com)
- Smoking wreckage at the crash site (source: Argus Leader)
- Flight Safety Foundation: Flight Crew Incapacitation Follows Learjet 35 Cabin Depressurization
- Washington Post: Golfer Payne Stewart Dies in Jet Crash
- CNN: Investigators arrive at Payne Stewart crash site
- OTL: OTL: In his father's footsteps
- CBS: A '21-Tee Salute' For Stewart
- ESPN: Investigators fear cause of crash will never be known
- Gold Digest: 10-25-99: Revisiting the day Payne Stewart died
- Los Angeles Times: 20 years after fatal plane crash, Payne Stewart still evokes classic golf memories
- Argus Leader: 'He won't be forgotten': 20 years ago, Payne Stewart became tragically linked to a tiny South Dakota town
- ABC: Final Stewart Crash Report Released
- ESPN: OTL: In his father's footsteps
- Orlando Sentinel: 20 years after Payne Stewart's plane crash, son Aaron is building his own feel-good golfing legacy
- Golf Channel: 20 years later: Stewart's fatal plane crash still leaves 'enormous void'
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Payne Stewart Plane Crash
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Credits: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