The Secret History of Flight 149

The Secret History of Flight 149

By Crowd Network

Listen to the whole series ad-free now by subscribing to the Crowd Stories channel on Apple Podcasts. 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.

Episodes

Introducing: We Didn't Start the Fire (The History Podcast)

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19/04/226m 7s

Flight 149 | Ep 10 | Impact

Stephen reveals some new details that have come to light since we started making this series, and speaks with someone who was on the ground in Kuwait at the time of the invasion. We also hear from all the human shields we’ve been following, and learn about the personal impact of this horrific ordeal. Additional material across the series courtesy of Getty, Blakeway Productions, The Parliamentary Recording Unit and C-Span. Stay tuned for more ‘Secret History’ episodes later in the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/2241m 55s

Flight 149 | Ep 9 | Revelations

The investigation gains momentum as key individuals speak out about the events of August 1990. Stephen reveals just who was on Flight 149...is this why the plane landed? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/04/2237m 22s

Flight 149 | Ep 8 | The Aftermath

The hostages may have made it home, but the psychological and emotional effects continue. Stephen begins his search for the truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/03/2234m 54s

Flight 149 | Ep 7 | On The Brink

The West stands on the brink of war against Saddam Hussein’s regime, but the human shields are in the line of fire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/03/2232m 49s

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/2234m 35s

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/03/2238m 3s

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...  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/2246m 23s

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/02/2242m 11s

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?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/02/2250m 22s

Flight 149 | Ep 1 | Take-off

Listen to the whole series ad-free now by subscribing to the Crowd Stories channel on Apple Podcasts. 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/02/2242m 39s

Coming Soon (Trailer)

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. The Secret History of Flight 149 launches February 7th, from Crowd Network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/221m 22s
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