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Imagine boarding a flight thinking you’re heading on holiday, but instead you get taken hostage by Saddam Hussein. It might sound far-fetched, but in August 1990 this really happened to the passengers and crew of BA Flight 149. What followed has been dubbed the most shocking government cover-up of the last thirty years.
Journalist Stephen Davis has been reporting on this extraordinary story for the past three decades. In this series you’ll hear directly from the hostages - the people used as human shields by the Iraqi regime, with horrific and traumatic consequences. But why was the plane allowed to land at all, putting so many lives at risk? Why have secrets and lies persisted for so many years? Join Stephen in his search to uncover the truth behind The Secret History of Flight 149.

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    • 4.6 • 171 Ratings

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Imagine boarding a flight thinking you’re heading on holiday, but instead you get taken hostage by Saddam Hussein. It might sound far-fetched, but in August 1990 this really happened to the passengers and crew of BA Flight 149. What followed has been dubbed the most shocking government cover-up of the last thirty years.
Journalist Stephen Davis has been reporting on this extraordinary story for the past three decades. In this series you’ll hear directly from the hostages - the people used as human shields by the Iraqi regime, with horrific and traumatic consequences. But why was the plane allowed to land at all, putting so many lives at risk? Why have secrets and lies persisted for so many years? Join Stephen in his search to uncover the truth behind The Secret History of Flight 149.

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    Flight 149 | Ep 1 | Take-off

    Flight 149 | Ep 1 | Take-off

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    When Flight 149 departed London Heathrow on 1 August 1990, the passengers and crew had no idea of the trauma that lay ahead. A routine stopover in Kuwait turned into a hostage crisis. Hear from the hostages themselves as they recall the horrifying realisation that their holiday had taken a very dark turn. Journalist Stephen Davis delves into what's been dubbed one of the biggest cover ups in modern history. Episode one of nine.
    Please note this episode contains references to violent sexual assault.
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    • 42 min
    Flight 149 | Ep 2 | Stranded

    Flight 149 | Ep 2 | Stranded

    The Flight 149 passengers and crew are now stranded in war-torn Kuwait. Tanks surround their hotel, and soldiers have set up camp in the basement. But could the hostages smuggle themselves to safety? 
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    • 50 min
    Flight 149 | Ep 3 | Abandoned

    Flight 149 | Ep 3 | Abandoned

    The hostages are faced with the impossible decision of whether to follow the official advice and stay in a hotel occupied by the Iraqi army, or risk everything to make a run for it. The Captain calls a secret meeting of his crew, but has he left it too late to escape?
    This episode contains descriptions of graphic violence.
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    • 42 min
    Flight 149 | Ep 4 | Human Shields

    Flight 149 | Ep 4 | Human Shields

    The hostages have now become human shields – scattered at strategic locations across Iraq and Kuwait. They have been put in the line of fire and are living in constant fear of being bombed. When food supplies run dangerously short, they are forced to take drastic measures... 
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    • 46 min
    Flight 149 | Ep 5 | Separated

    Flight 149 | Ep 5 | Separated

    The US Embassy finds itself under siege. As the international pressure on Saddam Hussein intensifies, he makes a sudden announcement that creates a dilemma for many of the human shields.
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    • 38 min
    Flight 149 | Ep 6 | Powerless

    Flight 149 | Ep 6 | Powerless

    What must it have felt like to be a child hostage? Stephen hears the remarkable tale of one of the youngest captives, and also asks how the Flight 149 family members left behind coped with the ordeal.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

@asemmi ,

5 star podcast

Thoroughly enjoyed this and completely engrossed and hooked from the first 10 seconds of the podcasts.
I hope the hostages and their families get justice. Stephen has dedicated more than 3 decades of his life to this cause and deserves utmost respect

janetafloat ,

A powerful insight into a truly shocking event

This podcast is journalism at its best, and I was deeply moved by the writer’s 30+ year need to uncover the truth about this situation. Also much respect to all those who told their story with such such searing honesty.

As ever, it’s the lies told by those in power that is so disappointing and reprehensible. Shame on you, Margaret Thatcher.

anjdidndnixnwn ,

A must listen

A raw, thorough and beautiful piece of journalism made with passion an unaltered dedication to the truth.

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