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The Mammoth Book of Air Disasters and Near Misses (Mammoth Books) [Kindle Edition]

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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 travelling 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.


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Chilling tales of mid-air terror, heroism and survival against all odds . . . and of catastrophic disaster

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Chilling tales of mid-air terror, heroism and survival against all odds . . . and of catastrophic disaster

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 travelling 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1158 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (16 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSSRK1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Overview of Air Disasters 31 Oct. 2014
By SteveT
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An excellent summary of the history of air catastrophes. The best single volume on the subject that I've found at the kindle store.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book has a lot of short chapters and gives ... 1 Dec. 2014
By Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has a lot of short chapters and gives an overview of each disaster. I read a chapter or two between other books. It's been interesting so far.
2.0 out of 5 stars Little new here 15 Feb. 2015
By David A. Crossley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A rather tedious compilation of air crashes, most of which are familiar to any aviation buff. The chapter on Runway Incursions is particularly dull. I don't really care if some dentist overshot a turnoff in a snowstorm.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 Feb. 2015
By Kelly Lute - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good book about details of airplane disasters.
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