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The Black Box: All-New Cockpit Voice Recorder Accounts of In-Flight Accidents

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Readers join desperate pilots in the cockpit as they fight gravity and time in a plane that's falling out of the sky.

Anyone who watches the news knows about the "black box." Officially called the cockpit voice recorder, the black box (which is actually Day-glo orange) records the final moments of any in-flight accident. Often it provides the only explanation of a crash — inevitably, it provides a heart-breaking, second-by-second account of intense fear tempered by unyielding professionalism.

This 1984 Quill title has been completely updated to include twenty-eight new incidents occurring between 1978 and 1996. Some are famous, like the 1996 Valujet crash in the Everglades and the ill-fated launch of the space shuttle Challenger; other disasters range from commuter prop aircraft to jumbo airliners and a pair of Air Force planes. Few have ever been revealed in their entirety, each, without exception, is absolutely gripping.

In this new edition, editor Malcolm MacPherson has, wherever possible, added weather notes and descriptions of events in the cockpit and cabin, heightening our vivid sense of being there during the final moments. Provided by the National Transportation Safety Board and vetted by an experienced airline captain, these are unforgettable case studies in ultimate emergency — authentic, immediate, filled with drama, terror, human frailty and error, and unquenchable courage.

Review:

"Undeniably compelling...it is hard to throw off its spell." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Officially called the "cockpit voice recorder", the black box records the final moments of any in-flight accident. First published in 1984, this book has been completely updated to include 28 new incidents occurring between 1978 and 1996, including the 1996 Valujet crash in the Everglades and the ill-fated launch of the space shuttle CHALLENGER.

About the Author

Malcolm MacPherson is a seasoned novelist and journalist who lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688158927
Author:
MacPherson, Malcolm
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Editor:
Malcolm MacPherson
Editor:
MacPherson, Malcolm Cook
Author:
Malcolm MacPherson
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Aviation - General
Subject:
Aviation - Piloting & Flight Instruction
Subject:
Safety
Subject:
Aircraft accidents
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Aeronautical instruments
Subject:
Cockpit voice recorders
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Aviation-Flight Instruction and Aerodynamics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.18x6.09x.55 in. .53 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Officially called the "cockpit voice recorder", the black box records the final moments of any in-flight accident. First published in 1984, this book has been completely updated to include 28 new incidents occurring between 1978 and 1996, including the 1996 Valujet crash in the Everglades and the ill-fated launch of the space shuttle CHALLENGER.
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