Author Archives: walterh

The Crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901 from November 29th, 1979

Today’s podcast goes into the incident that led to what’s been called “the loneliest air crash”, which was Air New Zealand flight 901, which crashed into Mount Erebus on Antartica back in 1979.  It’s another podcast that’s been inspired, this time by my friend Ethan, who lives and works on Antarctica.  As always, you can […]

An FYI on the Podcast Feed

Just as an FYI, it looks like the provider we used for hosting our podcast has gone belly-up! They haven’t been reachable in days now, so I’ve had to abandon them and go to another provider. I’ve imported all the episodes into LibSyn.com and changed the feed in iTunes, but you shouldn’t have to do […]

The Texas City Catastrophe of April 16th, 1947

Today’s podcast has to deal with the worst industrial accident in American history.  And like many catastrophic incidents, while there may be a large loss of life, there were also good things to come out of the incident – safety precautions that have no doubt saved lives since the original incident occurred. As usual you […]

Air Canada Flight 797 from June 2nd, 1983

Today’s podcast, like our last, is about an airline incident that caused major changes – safety related – to the airline industry as a whole, changing aviation travel to the appearance that it has for us today.  Thirty years ago, airline travel was a bit more laid back, but also lacked certain safety issues that […]

Want A Piece of the Hindenburg?

Got a spare $10,000 dollars sitting around? Love history?  And want a piece of the Hindenburg disaster for your very own?  Well, you’re actually too late! A pitcher and a tray, which were hidden (actually buried, because guards wouldn’t allow anything to be removed from the crash site) and then dug up a few days […]

Eastwind Flight 517 from June 9th, 1996, and how it changed aviation

Today’s podcast, which comes with a shoutout to Gabe for the awesome email and getting me back to work here, is about Eastwind Airlines flight 517.  And while this flight may not sound familiar to many people, the simple fact is that it had profound results that reverberated throughout the aviation world. As usual, you […]

The Limnic Eruption of Lake Nyos of August, 1986

Today’s podcast touches on a more obscure natural phenomenon that occurred in Cameroon back in 1986.  The limnic eruption of Lake Nyos, when submerged carbon dioxide gas was suddenly forced to the surface, is something that doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does, the results are deadly. As usual, you can download the […]

Quick thoughts on the Hyatt Regency episode

So after I published the podcast, I sat down and watched the A&E special “Minute By Minute” programs linked in the previous blogpost, and have to say I’ve changed my mind about something.  I didn’t watch the episode beforehand, because I didn’t want it tainting the research I’d done. At the end of my podcast, […]

They Hyatt Regency, Kansas City Skywalk Collapse of July, 1981

Today’s podcast goes just a few years back and focuses on the skywalk collapse that happened at the Hyatt Regency, Kansas City hotel back in July, 1981.  The collapse had one main reason for failure, and some circumstances that might have even prevented it, had the suggestions been met with proper acknowledgement instead of disapproval from […]