Episode 22: Turkish Airlines Flight 981

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Summary:

Travel interruptions can wreck havoc on your plans, and when your flight is cancelled there is no greater feeling of relief than confirming a ticket on a plane about to depart. For many passengers on Turkish Airlines Flight 981, the quick trip from Paris to London could not have been more welcome. It didn't take long before that sense of relief transformed into 77 seconds of sheer terror. What went wrong? Tune in to this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast to learn more about one of the most deadly crashes in aviation history and the lessons we all can learn from the tragedy.



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Sources consulted for this story:

  • PDF: Accident to Turkish Airlines DC-10 TC-JAV in the Ermenonville Forest; translation published of the report by the French Secretariat of State of Transport
  • New York Daily News: Remembering the Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crash
  • New York Times: 345 Killed as Jumbo Je Dives into French Forest in History's Worst Crash
  • NASA: Common Threads Among Catastrophic Mishaps
  • Air and Space Magazine: A Tale of Two DC-10s

Show Notes:

Stephanie and Shelly talk about their experiences with travel impacted by strikes. Stephanie wrote about her experience getting stranded in Ushuaia, Argentina on her travel website.

We're also planning for our upcoming 9/11 episode, and we would love to share your stories! Whether you were in a city impacted by the terrorist attacks, had travel plans that were interrupted, or have a tale about how the day changed your life, we would love to hear us. Reach out via social media or send us a note on our contact form to get in touch!

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

Turkish Airlines Flight 981 debris field. Source: Aviation Accidents

Turkish Airlines Flight 981 debris field. Source: Air Disasters

Rescuers at the crash site. Source: Manchester Evening News