Synopses & Reviews
An incredible 30,000 flights at least arrive safely at their destinations every day. But a handful dont, while some come terrifyingly close to crashing. When even the smallest thing does go wrong at 35,000 feet, the result is nearly always a fast-unfolding tragedy.
jThis extensive collection of compelling real-life accounts of air disasters and near-disasters provides a sobering, alternative history of the just over 105 years that passengers have been traveling by air, from the very earliest fatality to recent calamities.
But there are incredible stories of heroism against the odds, too, such as that of Captain Chesley Sullenberger who successfully landed his aircraft with both engines gone on the Hudson River in New York, saving the lives of everyone aboard, and of the American Airlines crew who prevented terrorist Richard Reid from exploding a bomb hidden in his shoe three months after 9/11.
The book also details the often ingenious, always painstaking work done by air-accident investigators, while a glossary helps to clarify the occasional, inevitable bits of jargon.
Collection of real-life accounts of well-known disasters and near misses, focusing on the people affected.
An incredible 45,000 flights arrive successfully at their destinations every day, but a handful dont. This collection of real-life accounts of both well-known and lesser air disasters and near misses focuses on the human lives affected.
About the Author
is the author or co-author of over a dozen non-fiction books, such as The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks
and A Brief History of the Spy
. He lives in Brighton, England.