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Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast

Join hosts Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka as they take a weekly look at the facts, details, and surprises behind some of the disasters that occur at 35,000 feet.

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Join hosts Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka as they take a weekly look at the facts, details, and surprises behind some of the disasters that occur at 35,000 feet.

Take to the Sky Episode 120: Braniff Airways Flight 250

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Stormy skies throughout the USA's Midwest on August 6, 1966 had pilots on alert, and a storm cell led to mixed reports from dispatchers on the ground and flight crews in the air. This week, join Stephanie for the story of Braniff Airways Flight 250, which rocked the aviation industry and the community of Falls City, Nebraska when the aircraft encountered conditions that threatened the lives of everyone onboard.

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Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

Sep 29 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 119: Itavia Flight 870

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On the evening of June 27, 1980, Itavia Flight 870, with 81 people onboard, crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea near Sicily. In the preceding decades, Itavia 870 became known for its complicated investigations that took twists and turns, a public that pointed to conspiracies, a judiciary that alleged coverups, and conclusions that divided investigators. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she takes us back to the crash and to its victims' stories and a discusssion about what we can learn from the complicated history forever known as The Ustica Massacre.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

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Sep 22 2022

1hr 7mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 118: TACA Flight 110

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On May 24, 1988, TACA Flight 110 was preparing to make an ordinary landing in some less-than-desirable weather-- and that's when a normal flight turned into a terrifying attempt to make a safe landing. Join Stephanie for this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as we discuss an incredible story and a memorable legacy that aviation has not forgotten.

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Sep 15 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 117: The Hawley and Lundy Family Plane Crash

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When friends Jens Lundy and pilot Jim Hawley decided to rent a plane and take their fathers on a once-in-alifetime fishing trip to Loreto, Mexico, they never thought that disaster would strike. After the plane's single engine fails, the four men face something that few others have ever survived: they will need to ditch the plane in a thrashing ocean and wait it out until help arrives. Will they be rescued in time? Join Shelly as she shares this unbelievable story that highlights the strength and resilience behind the bond of friends and family. 

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

Sep 08 2022

1hr 13mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 116: Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501

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There are many mysteries in the world around us, and the world of aviation has its fair share of incidents with open questions and dead ends. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, we take a look at one of the USA's most shocking and least-understood air disasters: Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501. Join Stephanie as she shares the story of how one flight took off for a cross-country flight between New York and Washington-- and how, to this day, the questions of what happened and why continue to elude the aviation community.

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Jul 28 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 115: Trigana Air Flight 267

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When the AFIS officer on duty has trouble calling up the overdue arrival of Trigana Air Flight 267 on August 16, 2015, no one, at first, was worried. But the mystery only deepens once the plane is found - but west of the regular approach path. In episode 115 of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, join Shelly as she shares the troubling path taken by the crew of Trigana Flight 267 - and how an investigation revealed ways that confidence sometimes is a double-edged sword.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

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Jul 21 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 114: Avianca Flight 52

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As Avianca Flight 52 prepared for landing, a series of traffic-related delays kept their aircraft circling above JFK Airport longer than expected. Although the crew was prepared for bad weather and a wait before they could land, they weren't prepared for what came next-- and neither were the passengers onboard. Join Stephanie as she shares a story about how essential communication is in all aspects of aviation safety in this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

Jul 14 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 113: Continental Airlines Flight 603

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Shortly after takeoff on March 1, 1978, the flight crew of Continental Airlines Flight 603 hears a loud boom and knows instantly what that sound means: it is no longer safe to takeoff, and instead, the takeoff will be rejected. But now, the plane won't stop. Join Shelly for this incredible episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as we walk through the events that unfolded on the runway and how the investigation uncovered flaws in the design of many aircraft components meant to keep passengers safe.

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Jul 07 2022

1hr 7mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 112: Stockport Air Disaster

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As the United Kingdom came into view below British Midland Flight 542, passengers onboard were excited to reunited with friends and family again-- and the flight crew was baffled by the sudden failure of an engine that, in turn, rendered the plane uncontrollable. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares the story of how the plane that didn't have time to line up with its intended runway and, instead, ended up on a collision course with the town of Stockport.

Jun 30 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 111: Crossair Flight 3597

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On November 24, 2001, as winter weather conditions worsened, the pilots of Crossair Flight 3597 struggled to visually locate the airport runway on final approach to Zurich. And when faced with a crucial decision to continue or abandon the approach, the captain chooses to keep going. In our latest episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, join Shelly as we explore if the captain made the right call and how what happened on Flight 3597 became a microcosm for larger problems within the global regional carrier industry.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

Jun 23 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 110: Aloha Airlines Flight 243

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Flying through the skies above Hawaii, a quick trip between islands turned into a terrifying brush with death when a piece of the plane's fuselage ripped off in midair. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, join Stephanie as she shares how one flight crew found themselves facing the unthinkable-- and how aviation history was forever changed.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

Jun 16 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 109: DHL Baghdad Attempted Takedown

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When the two pilots and flight engineer of a civilian DHL A300 cargo plane took off from Baghdad International Airport on November 22, 2003, they were rocked by what came next. Within minutes, the plane’s left wing is struck by a blast, and now the flight crew is faced with an impending catastrophe. Join Shelly as she walks us through the gripping situation in the cockpit, and how if the crew are to survive, they must accomplish the extraordinary: fly the crippled A300 in a way that has never been done before.

Jun 09 2022

1hr 10mins

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Take to the Sky Episode Episode 108: Eastern Air Lines Flight 401

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Safe air travel is the responsibility of everyone on board, and no one takes safety more seriously than flight crews. When the flight crew on Eastern Air Lines 401 noticed a possible issue with their aircraft, they immediately went into troubleshooting mode to ensure the problem could be fixed. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares the story of how troubleshooting one problem led to an entirely different one-- and created a problem that was far more threatening to the lives and safety of everyone on board.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

Jun 02 2022

1hr 3mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 107: Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409

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Everything was normal for the takeoff of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 on January 25, 2010 as it departed Beirut, Lebanon, for Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia. But what happens in the cockpit of Flight 409 over the next four plus minutes will confuse and divide aviation experts for years to come. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she shares the shocking sequence of events and the controversial investigation that followed - and how an industry was left shaking its head in disbelief.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

May 26 2022

1hr 6mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 106: Flying Tiger Flight 923 Part 2

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After losing three engines and plummeting toward the North Atlantic Ocean, the worst was yet to come for the passengers and crew of Flying Tiger 923. Join Stephanie for the second part of this truly incredible story!

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

May 19 2022

1hr 8mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 106: Flying Tiger Flight 923 Part 1

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More than a few passengers were nervous about their flight on September 23, 1962, but as Flying Tiger Flight 923 took off from Gander, Newfoundland, no one knew that just a few hours into their transatlantic journey every single person's life would hang in the balance between threatening storm clouds above and the unforgiving ocean below. In Part 1 of this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, join Stephanie as she shares one of the most tragic and powerful stories of bravery, professionalism, and hope in aviation history.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

May 12 2022

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Take to the Sky Episode 105: The Mato Grosso Midair Collision

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September 29, 2006 was supposed to be a celebratory flight for the 2 flight crew and 5 passengers onboard an ExcelAire private Legacy 600 business jet. But everything changed in a moment when the plane suffers serious damage, and it soon emerges that this jet may have collided with a Boeing 737 Gol passenger jet carrying 154 people. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as shares the heartbreaking tale of two planes on a collision course with disaster, and the controversial investigation that led to an aviation crisis across Brazil and highlighted the vulnerabilities of the country’s air traffic control system.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

May 05 2022

1hr 11mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 104: Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101

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There are many ways to experience air travel, and for 18 passengers onboard Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101, their trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Bimini, Bahamas was a quick but exciting journey on a seaplane. Less than a minute after takeoff, thrill turned to terror for the passengers and crew. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares how one airline's revered history led to shocking shortcuts-- and how one flight cast a spotlight on aviation safety.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

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Apr 28 2022

1hr 9mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 103: TransAsia Airways Flight 235

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On February 4, 2015, a taxi’s dash cam caught the unimaginable on video: the image of a turbo prop passenger plane summersaulting into the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast for this tragic story as we discuss the shocking investigation that uncovered why this tragedy never should have happened.

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

Visit our website at taketotheskypodcast.com for show notes and our merch store!

Apr 21 2022

1hr 4mins

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Take to the Sky Episode 102: Air France Flight 358

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As an Airbus A340 touched down on runway 24L in the middle of a Toronto thunderstorm, the crew and passengers alike were glad to be back on the ground. But for the people on board Air France Flight 358, the nightmare was just beginning when the plane failed to stop and careened toward the end of the runway. Join Stephanie as she tells the story of one of the most terrifying, dramatic, and death-defying landings in history on this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast!

Don't miss a single legacy: join our Patreon for exclusive air disaster stories, layover episodes, and surprises!

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Apr 14 2022

1hr 10mins

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Awesome stories!!

By Cshellrun - Apr 09 2020
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Glad this podcast is here. Great stories so far and not too technical. Focuses on victims.