The Mammoth Book of Air Disasters and Near Misses (Mammoth Books) (Paperback)

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By Paul Simpson (Editor)
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An incredible 30,000 flights -- at least -- arrive safely at their destinations every day. But a handful don't, 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.

This 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.

About the Author

Paul Simpson is the author or co-author of over a dozen nonfiction books, including A Brief Guide to Oz and A Brief Guide to C.S. Lewis. He lives in Brighton, England.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780762449422
ISBN-10: 076244942X
Publisher: Running Press Adult
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2014
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: Mammoth Books