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The Secret History of Flight 149

Crowd Network
DocumentaryTrue CrimeSociety & Culture

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.


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4.6 out of 5 stars from 362 ratings
  • Interesting but no earth shattering insights

    A genuinely interesting podcast but I found it a little light on detail and revelation. Much more detail and depth on the men who joined the flight, the Kuwait resistance, how an American civilian ended up running security at the US embassy etc. A bit of a missed opportunity.

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    United Kingdom2 months ago
  • 很好!


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    China2 months ago
  • Could have a 2nd title…Richard Brunyate Britains Biggest Coward.

    Excellent, professional & informative. more

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    United Kingdom2 months ago
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    United Kingdom4 months ago
  • 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. more

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