Episode 43: Qantas Flight 72

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The automation onboard Qantas 72, an Airbus A330, was supposed to help keep everyone safe on October 7, 2008. But when that same automation goes terribly awry, it is up to the decisive thinking of the flight crew to try and save everyone onboard. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast as she shares what happened to the flight as well as the devastating psychological scars that were left in the wake of such an air disaster.

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Sign the petition to advocate for Captain Sullivan, First Officer Peter Lipsett, and Second Officer Ross Hales to receive honors.

Check out Captain Kevin Sullivan's book, No Man's Land, which you can find on Amazon.

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Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editing by: Stephanie Hubka
Graphic design and website by: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
Qantas Flight 72

Photo of the aircraft that was Qantas Flight 72. Photo credit to Chris Finney

Qantas Flight 72

Damage to the aisle ceiling. Source: Medium.com/NZHerald

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Damage to the ceiling in the aisles. Source: Medium.com/the ATSB

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Damage to overhead bins and passenger service units. Source: Medium.com/the ATSB

Captain Kevin Sullivan of Qantas Flight 72. Source: Harper Collins