Episode 32: United Airlines Flight 811

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There may be nothing scarier than sitting on an airplane with a gaping hole in the side of it- but that is exactly what happened to 336 passengers on United Flight 811 in 1989. This week on Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie tells the remarkable tale of how a flight crew responded to an unthinkable event that threatened the safety of everyone on board as well as how this incident permanently changed safety and design recommendations for aircraft around the world.

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Show Notes:

Stephanie shares an uplifting story about one of Machu Picchu's only tourists in 2020: a man from Japan who waited seven months to visit. Read his story and take a look at his Instagram account to see why perseverence can pay off, even during a pandemic!

Stephanie shares a story about major flight delays on her Bourbon Trail trip. She wrote a detailed account of the flight issues on her travel website.


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
United Airlines Flight 811

The hole in the side of the fuselage. Source: Air and Space Magazine

United Airlines Flight 811

United Flight 811's cargo door. Source: Wikipedia

United Airlines Flight 811

The interior of United Airlines Flight 811. Source: This Day in Aviation

United Airlines Flight 811

The interior of United Flight 811. Source: Air and Space Magazine