Episode 52: Pilgrim Airlines Flight 458

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Ice on the wings of a plane can be catastrophic, but a little ice on the windshield on a winter New England day isn't out of the ordinary. In 1982, that challenge set a frightening chain of events into motion for Pilgrim Airline Flight 458, which challenged the crew and the passengers to do everything they could to save the plane. This episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast shares a story about unlikely heroes, terrifying obstacles, and the will to live—and it's a story you won't want to miss!

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Show Notes:

We started the episode with a quick story about an 8-year-old in India with a pretty incredible talent: he just set a Guinness World Record for solving three Rubik's Cubes at once! Not that we're feeling a little untalented over here... but it's a pretty great story!


Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Stephanie Hubka
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
Pilgrim Airlines Flight 458

A de Havilland Twin Otter. Source: New England Historical Society

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Memorial at Prinster-Hogg Park. Source: Providence Journal

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Headlines from the crash. Source: Daily Sentinel

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Thomas Prinster and Lyle Hogg meet President Ronald Reagan. Source: RIAHOF