A sometimes dark sardonic glance at the world through the eyes of a well travelled and experienced global citizen.  So who cares?  If you appreciate the odd oddity and the rare rarity, not to mention the gleeful lunacy and now and again,  a deformed reality,  read on.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Karen Thomas October 8, 2020 / 10:19 pm


    I am a big fan of the podcast, thanks so much for making them. It must take ages. I hope you are keeping busy during these strange times, I guess the flying is a bit limited. Anyway, I was wondering if it would be interesting to talk about the Air NZ crash at Mt Erebus. This has always fascinated me and I’d be keen to hear your account, as I do appreciate the detail that you give and I like the way you bring your experience to the story.
    Looking forward to the next installment,



    • desmondlatham October 9, 2020 / 7:28 am

      Hi Karen thank you for your words of support, much appreciated! I have been planning to cover this in the next few episodes – the Mt Erebus accident and attempts by some airline execs to “whitewash” the accident and the fact that CAA authorities were woefully ill prepared to probe it properly. The DC 10’s certificate of airworthiness was withdrawn and sightseeing flights to the Antarctic were halted. Interesting case. So thank you for the suggestion!


      • desmondlatham February 8, 2022 / 5:45 pm

        Thanks Tagan hopefully they stop crashing …


  2. Tegan February 17, 2021 / 12:29 pm

    Hello! I have just found your podcast on spotify, and I love it. Please keep making episodes until there’s no more planes to crash. Thank you.


  3. Ernest December 15, 2021 / 7:03 pm

    Hello, i am in Ghana, West Africa and i recently stumbled upon your podcast on spotify (Plane Crash Diaries) and its one of the best things ever. I really like how you read and it makes it so easy to visualize your stories. Thank you so much and keep it up!!!


  4. Fanie Rossouw February 7, 2022 / 9:03 pm

    I urgently need a pilot for a SR22 – can you recommend anyone?


  5. Herman August 12, 2022 / 10:21 am

    Thank you for your awesome ‘History of South Africa’ podcast. It is incredibly well researched and very gripping! There is a distinct lack of modern media on South Africa’s unique history. How cool would it be to turn this podcast into a documentary!


  6. Nicollette Donkin November 20, 2022 / 7:02 pm

    Found your podcasts a week ago and am already on episode 19. Very enjoyable and brought to life so vividly. Thank you!


  7. George March 10, 2023 / 9:02 pm

    I was a bit hesitant to pick this podcast as a frequent flier, but having enjoyed Des’s other podcasts so I gave it a go and was really impressed by the technical knowledge displayed along with the story telling ability to rival the likes of Herman Charles Bosman and Lourens can Der Post.
    It is a fantastic listen and hearing about the safety improvements made it worthwhile.

    It would be interesting to hear about those crazy bush pilots and their escapades.


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