Layover Episode: Western Air Lines Flight 2605: The Crash of the Night Owl

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Exclusive for Podcrashers:

In the dark of the pre-dawn sky on Halloween 1979, Western Air Lines 2605 was about to touchdown on the runway at Mexico City when, suddenly, something unexpected happened that turned a routine landing into an unimaginable disaster. In this exclusive Patreon-only layover episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly tells us the real-life horror story of the flight known as the Night Owl, and the important lessons learned from the crash about runway safety.


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

The wreckage of Western Airlines 2605 and the Eastern Airlines service building

The strewn wreckage of Western Airlines 2605 in Mexico City

The DC-10 that was Flight 2605, two years before the crash