Episode 68: United Airlines Flight 232 Part 1

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When the crew of United Airlines Flight 232 boarded their aircraft on July 19, 1989, they had no idea they were just a few hours away from the greatest challenge they would ever face. In the skies above Iowa, a terrifying noise and a shuddering aircraft would start one of aviation history's most memorable tales, and the outcome changed lives and flight safety for all of us. In the first of this two-part episode, Stephanie shares what happened before, during, and after the disaster as well as why planes are safer because of what we learned.

Stay tuned for Part 2 on July 29!

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Show Notes:

We start off with a quick story about a woman named Emily whose tweet praising JetBlue pilots for cancelling a flight due to tiredness went viral earlier this month. Take a look at the original tweet as well as an article that shares her thoughts about the experience.


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
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Photograph taken of United Airlines Flight 232 as is began its descent. Source: AirDisasters.com

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The scorched runway after United Airlines Flight 232's landing. Source: Popular Mechanics

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Aircraft wreckage. Source: Morningside