A Rundown of the Airport Films

If you’re into catastrophes and disasters like me, knowing about them, figuring out what happened and such, then you may also like disaster films. And there was absolutely no better decade for disaster and catastrophe films than the 1970s. From The Hindenburg to Earthquake, the 70s hold the crown, at least in my mind, for the best disaster films of all time.

That’s what makes the write up on the Airport films that cnet just published a must-read article. They discuss not just the films themselves, but who starred in them as well as different bits of trivia. For example, of the four real airplanes that were used in the filming, only ONE of them did not end its service in a crazy? Yes, three of the four airplanes crashed, including the Concorde. Yes, it was that Concorde!

Link to the article is here: https://www.cnet.com/news/short-history-airport-films/

The Link Between Minamata, Japan in the 1950s and Mosul, Iraq in the 1970s

Today’s podcast takes an international turn, and we go back in time to visit the small town of Minamata, Japan in the 1950s to see what they went through due to a chemical factory’s bad practices.  And then we turn to the sprawling mecca of Mosul, Iraq in the 1970s, and how the citizens of Mosul and the surrounding cities suffered the same disease that tore through Minamata, though because of very different circumstances.

As always, you can download the podcast from here, find us on iTunes, or listen to the episode on the embedded player below.

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A Recap of Select 2016 Catastrophes

In this special podcast that went live last night, I talked about twelve different catastrophes that occurred during 2016.  The list of twelve catastrophes included natural, man-made, and man-caused incidents that had an impact on the year that we just closed out.  And while some may be considered controversial to add to the list, I felt that they should all be discussed in some way.

As usual, you can download the podcast from here, find us on iTunes, or listen to the player below.

Here’s a list of the incidents that are listed in the Podcast.

And update on a podcast

So I normally get an email from Google when bigger stories use either “Disaster” or “Catastrophe”, and today’s took me down a rabbit hole of a past podcast. It’s the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, and believe it or not, there’s a new article from Smithsonian about the incident. If you’re interested, you can click here for the article.

Good read!

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 download the podcast from here, find us on iTunes, or listen to the player below.

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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 anything; your settings should be fine.

There’s a chance that iTunes may re-download old episodes, and for that I apologize.

In other news, we should have a new podcast published this weekend!

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 can download the podcast at this link, find us on iTunes, or listen to the link provided below.

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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 we take for granted when we board a flight these days.

As usual, you can download the podcast at this link, find us on iTunes, or listen to the podcast in the embedded player below.

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And as promised, here’s the picture of the plane showing where you sat was a factor in whether you lived or died…

Air Canada Flight 797 passenger seating chart

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 after the catastrophe.  They were privately held until 2009, when they were sold to an auction house.

Recently, they were sold for close to $10,000 each ($10,735 for the tray, $8,435 for the pitcher) at auction.  So now someone has a bit of our shared catastrophic history.