Author Archives: walterh

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 […]

The Dawson Mining Catastrophe of 1913

Today’s podcast goes into the history of Dawson, New Mexico, and the explosions that took the lives of many miners since the mines opened in 1901.  The explosion of Stag Canyon #2 in 1913 remains one of the largest loss of life during a mining operation in America’s history. As usual, you can download the […]

The Eschede, Germany ICE Train Derailment

Today’s podcast is about the German ICE (Inter-City Express) train derailment and subsequent catastrophe in the sleepy German town of Eschede that took place in June, 1998.  While this isn’t Germany’s biggest rail disaster, it’s one of the most well known in modern times, resulting in 101 people being killed and almost 90 being injured. […]

New Article on and Old Crash

So while CNN and the rest of the world focuses on the fate of Malaysia Flight 370, we are coming up on the anniversary of one of the most notable, memorable crashes in modern time.  That crash was United Flight 232, the DC10 that crashed at Sioux City Airport on July 19, 1989. Popular Mechanics […]

Some Suggestions

Based on the last podcast, the Hartford Circus Fire, I’ve got a couple of suggestions that I can pass on – both on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The first is the podcast from Stuff You Missed In History Class, a part of StuffYouShouldKnow.com.  They did a really good podcast on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire […]