If there is a catastrophe or disaster, manmade or natural, it has probably grabbed our attention. Join us as we delve into the world of catastrophes and disasters, find out what went wrong, and the lasting consequences.
Podcast #37, The Crashes of the de Havilland Comets in the 1950s
In the 37th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we delve into the troubled history of the de Havilland Comet, and how the lessons learned from those crashes led to safer airplanes today, led to a better understanding of metal fatigue, and unwittingly gave rise to de Havilland's competitor, Boeing, taking the lead in jet airliners.
Podcast #36, The Spanish Flu of 1918
In the 36th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we delve into the last time the world was under the grips of a disease on a massive scale - the Spanish Flu of 1918. In this podcast, we talk about the potential origins, why it's called The Spanish Flu when there was no origin of the virus in Spain, and how one city avoided the second wave of the flu, only to be taken down the the third wave.
Podcast #35, The 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Catastrophes of Tohoku, Japan
In the 35th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we delve into the most powerful earthquake to rock Japan that has ever been recorded, and the ensuing tsunami and nuclear disaster. Also, I interview Professor Daniel Aldrich who has written a book about survival when it comes to Japan's 3/11 Catastrophes, and the surprising (to me, at least) rates of survival and how people who were more socially connected were better prepared for not just the event, but for survival afterward.
Podcast #34, The Crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 on August 12th, 1985
In the 34th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we look at the worst single-aircraft accident loss of life in aviation history, and the bungled rescue operation that was so bad it cost people their lives.
Podcast #33, The Crash of PSA Flight 182 on September 25th, 1978
In the 33rd podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we look at the mid-air collision of a Boeing 727-200 and a Cessna, how some symptoms of the crash linger on in aviation even today, and what changes came about because of the crash, making aviation that much safer.
Podcast #32, A Look At Uncontained Engine Failures
In the 32nd podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we look at two very different incidents of uncontained engine failures, and how airline travel has gotten safer between the first incident in 1989 and the second incident in 2018.
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I really enjoy this show and look forward to listening to it. We need more episode!!! We waited long enough!!!!
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I had to take a moment to write a review for this little gem. Firstly, I am impressed with the knowledge of the host and how clearly he presents the logistics of each plane crash. Another reason I am now a fan is because of the sensitivity of the host, Walter. You can clearly tell how these crashes affect him and how much respect he has for the victims and their families. I have definitely subscribed and look forward to many more episodes. Well done, Walt!
Light the Fright Podcast
Never thought the day would come where someone would focus on this topic. Very very good. Can’t wait for more.