Episode 127: West Caribbean Airways Flight 708

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When West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 suddenly disappears from radar on August 16, 2005, no one can imagine why an advanced MD-82 aircraft could simply fall out of the sky and crash. And when investigators learn of the pilots’ distress call claiming both engines had flamed out, that only deepens the mystery. Join Shelly for this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast where we explore the unnecessary and unexpected sequence of events that led to Venezuela’s deadliest air disaster.

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Show Notes:

This week, we talk about what it would take to choose a middle seat on a plane and what Virgin Atlantic is doing to make middle seats more enticing. Let us know what you think: would you accept a gift like a free ticket or cruise in exchange for the middle seat (like Shelly) or avoid it at all costs (like Stephanie)?

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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
West Caribbean Airways Flight 708

The wreckage from the crash of West Caribbean Airways Flight 708. Source: Getty Images

West Caribbean Airways 708

West Caribbean Airways 708 memorial in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Montmartre France