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Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast
74 minutes | 5 days ago
Take to the Sky Episode 043: Qantas Flight 72
The automation onboard Qantas 72, an Airbus A330, was supposed to help keep everyone safe on October 7, 2008. But when that same automation goes terribly awry, it is up to the decisive thinking of the flight crew to try and save everyone onboard. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast as she shares what happened to the flight as well as the devastating psychological scars that were left in the wake of such an air disaster.
64 minutes | 12 days ago
Take to the Sky Episode 42: King Air N559DW
Charter flights can be a quick, convenient way to travel to a destination, and that is why the White family boarded their King Air flight as they prepared for a trip home. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares how quickly a routine trip shifted into the stuff of nightmares, testing the mettle of one of the passengers and threatening the lives of everyone on board.
56 minutes | 19 days ago
Take to the Sky Episode 041: El Al Flight 1862
On October 4, 1992, El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747 cargo jet, sets off from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam- but it never lands at its final destination in Tel Aviv. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she talks about the flight that crashed into a nearby residential neighborhood, leading investigators to determine why all 747 aircraft- and their passengers- may suddenly be at risk.
62 minutes | a month ago
Take to the Sky Episode 040: Nature Air Flight 9916
As two families and their guide prepared to leave a great vacation behind and return home, they boarded Nature Air Flight 9916 to begin their journey. Within moments, their plane was back on the ground. This week on Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares how this New Year's Eve flight changed lives, communities, and aviation safety. Are charter flights safe for the general public? Don't miss this episode as we explore that question through the lens of a memorable air disaster.
52 minutes | a month ago
Take to the Sky Layover Episode 003: Year in Review
2020 was an unforgettable year for many reasons, but for us it’s because we started Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast! In this Layover Episode, Shelly and Stephanie toast to a year of exploring air disasters and learning about their legacies. We’ll tell you which episodes made us the saddest, surprised us the most, and have stayed with us long after the episode was over. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let us know if we mention any of your favorites!
73 minutes | a month ago
Take to the Sky Episode 039: British Midland Flight 92
On January 9, 1989, British Midland Flight 92 set off for Belfast, Northern Ireland. But shortly into the flight, the brand new 737-400 aircraft experienced what everyone thought was a catastrophic mechanical failure. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she shares the unfortunate and terrifying sequence of events that unfolded in the air over the village of Kegworth, forever changing pilot and cabin crew communication and passenger air safety procedures that still remain in place today.
82 minutes | a month ago
Take to the Sky Episode 038: The Hindenburg
On May 6, 1937, crowds formed near Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey to welcome the first Zeppelin transatlantic flight of the year. History knows what happened next: just moments before landing, the Hindenburg burst into flames as onlookers watched in horror. This is one of the most well-documented disasters in aviation, and in this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us into the reasons why the airship exploded and how it changed flight safety for all of us.
69 minutes | 2 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 036: American Airlines Flight 965
Cockpits are busy places. Fortunately, aviation technology has advanced to support flight crews and make the tasks related to flying streamlined- and certainly easier than ever before. In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares a look into how aviation technology impacted American Airlines Flight 965, a shocking disaster that questioned the role technology plays in cockpit management and slight safety for passengers around the world.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 35: Thanksgiving Plane Crashes
The American Thanksgiving holiday, for those who celebrate it, is a time to appreciate all we have. For some families, though, it can be a devastating reminder of all they have lost. Join Shelly in our holiday episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she recounts two separate plane crashes that occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday and claimed the lives of members of two families: The Perrys and The Hansens.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 034: UPS Flight 6
Most packages delivered to your door arrive after a journey that includes time on the road- and in the air. This week, Stephanie shares a tragic tale with some surprising consequences as we take a look at UPS Airlines Flight 6, a cargo flight that took off on September 3, 2010. What went wrong- and was it preventable? Join us in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as we take a look at a legacy that impacts the way we fly- and what we can bring with us when we fly- to this day!
66 minutes | 2 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 033: American Airlines Flight 587
As America began to return to a sense of normalcy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, no one could imagine that just 60 days later, New York would once again be reeling from another crash involving a commercial jetliner. In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly tells the story of what led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 and what its legacy can teach us about crew training.
64 minutes | 3 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 032: United Airlines Flight 811
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.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 031: American Eagle Flight 4182
American Eagle Flight 4184 was just any other short-haul flight over the Midwest—until it plummeted into a soybean field in Roselawn, Indiana, on Halloween 1994. Listen to the newest episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as Shelly recounts Flight 4184's fall from the sky, a crash that led to pilots advocating for changes in aviation safety and led to changes in how airlines respond to victims’ families in the wake of aviation disasters.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Take to the Sky Layover Episode 002: Interview with Witness to 9/11 Pentagon Attack
September 11th will live in many people's memories as the day when devastating terrorist attacks on US soil forever changed air travel. 9/11 also changed and reshaped the lives of many Americans, many of whom are still impacted by those events. In this special layover episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, we hear a firsthand account from David, who was inside the Pentagon that day when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the building just one corridor over from where he sat. Listen to our interview as David walks us through the events of that day and recounts how 9/11 forever changed his own life.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 030: British Airtours Flight 28M
As 131 passengers settled in for a full flight from Manchester to Corfu, they had no idea they were about to play a role in an unforgettable air disaster before even leaving the ground. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie walks us through a story that impacted flight safety from seat configuration to availability of life saving measures. We know this story is one you won't forget!
83 minutes | 3 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 029: 737 MAX Crashes
Two crashes involving the new 737 MAX aircraft, one in October 2018 and one in March 2019, took the lives of 346 people. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly recounts the terror that happened onboard Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 as well as the investigation that followed, which led to shocking discoveries about how the 737 MAX design came to be and the flawed process used to certify the plane as safe.
61 minutes | 4 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 028: Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751
When Captain Stefan Rasmussen hears a strange noise as part of Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751's takeoff rotation, he has no idea that the next four minutes of his life will be spent living out a pilot's worst nightmare. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie tells the remarkable story of a plane brought down by an invisible threat. From quick thinking to unexpected heroes, this story has it all-- but was it enough to save the passengers on board? Join us as we learn about the people and challenges that contributed to an unforgettable legacy!
62 minutes | 4 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 027: Helios Airways Flight 522
What causes an entire plane full of people - including passengers and crew - to become incapacitated? In this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly tells the eerie story of Helios Airways Flight 522, which became a ghost plane high above Athens, Greece.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 026: Cubana de Aviación Flight 972
It took less than a minute for a normal takeoff to turn into an unimaginable nightmare for passengers on Cubana de Aviación Flight 972. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us through the events that contributed to a memorable crash in Havana, Cuba, the surprising reasons that contributed to it, and the important lessons the flight has to teach.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Take to the Sky Episode 025: Eastern Airlines Shuttle Flight 1320
In the late 1960s, airplane hijackings were regarded as mere inconviences to both passengers and crew. Usually, those incidents ended with a flight to Cuba and free drinks for passengers. But, on St. Patrick's Day 1970, as Eastern Airlines Shuttle Flight 1320 headed back to Boston for its final leg, a man with a gun changed how pilots, passengers, and the world responded to hijackings, forever changing airport security.
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