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Why Planes Crash: 2001

Why Planes Crash: 2001 [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Wrigley
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Air travel is one of the safest modes of travel when we take into
account the distances and freedom that it allows us. And yet, we still
remain obsessed with aviation disasters. What caused these accidents?
Whose fault was it?  In her series of  books, Why Planes Crash, Sylvia Wrigley investigates the worst aviation disasters of the twenty first century.

Why Planes Crash: 2001 is the first of the series. Wrigley has
put together eleven of the most interesting incidents that the world
saw in the year 2001. These include a detailed analysis of the
disastrous runway incursion at Linate, the passenger interference
leading to the Avjet Aspen Crash and why an Airbus A300 disintegrated
over Queens.

From bad weather to the engineering faults in the aircraft, the author
critically looks into each factor that might have lead to the crash.
Her investigations and deep insight compiled thoughtfully in this book
make it so interesting to read that you actually start feeling like a
witness to the disaster and yet it is comprehensive enough for anyone
with no aviation knowledge to understand.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fear of Landing; 1 edition (5 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 8 May 2013
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This is an absorbing book that explores the circumstances of aviation crashes.
It draws on examples from all over the world. From the world's most dangerous airfields, such as the airfield in the Caribbean island of St Barthelemy and Aspen airfield in the US; to European airfields such as such as Milano Linate and Edinburgh.
The book pieces together the circumstances surrounding the disasters. At time erudite, at times sensitive, the author places the reader in the position of the crash investigator piecing together the history of the crash from a variety of sources. The reader is able to hear the voices of those involved as the author draws on the recorded conversations between the pilots and air-traffic crew.
The author is well grounded in technical knowledge but she also manages to interweave the human aspects of the disasters. She illustrates how human error, adverse weather conditions, technical faults, poor airfield planning can combine under different circumstances to lead to catastrophe.
This book is an fascinating study of aircraft disaster that doesn't neglect to explore how the understanding of these tragedies has led to greater safety in the industry. Recommended.
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Superb look at the reasons behind their disasters and what humans and their actions can contribute so much to them. Well written, and lightning, without being too technical so a lot of people can understand the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only pilots should read this 8 May 2013
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I am a pilot of light aircraft but I don't think any non-pilots should shy away from this book. It gives an interesting and obviously well-researched insight into how easily things can go wrong in the air, and how simple mistakes can aggregate, sometimes fatally. I shall never think about air traffic control in the same way again - and if you fly yourself, neither should you. An excellent and enjoyable read, I didn't want it to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 Aug 2013
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Down to earth and realistic thought it was the way life is just a series of day to day mistakes and then you have a great disaster Well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good guide to understanding the "why" of aircraft accidents. 7 May 2013
By John Sapienza - Published on
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Each time an aircraft prangs in, people wonder why did that happen? What led up to the final impact or cessation of flight? The author has done an admirable job in dissecting crashes with the care and attention-to-detail of a trained forensic investigator. She starts well before the final crash sequence, and examines factors leading up to the final impact. The book is imminently readable, and the fact that it is not full of technical jargon will make it attractive to non-aviators as well as flyers alike. The illustrations are a welcome addition and make it easier to understand operations at unfamiliar airports. One fact which stands out to me in reading the book is the difficulty in operating in European airports where there is a real mixture of languages. I am surprised that communications confusion doesn't lead to more accidents in that environment.

Just as with any accident report or safety publication, I read the book with the goal of hoping to learn mistakes to avoid, and to appreciate and recognize factors which might be leading me to a mishap. I highly recommend this book to anyone who flies or wants to understand, as the title says, Why Planes Crash. Well done!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great examination of WHY planes crash, not simply how it happened! 7 May 2013
By Mr Mark Nolan - Published on
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Planes crash for many many reasons, but in our modern media, a complex outcome is usually boiled down to a sound bite (pilot error, for example). Sylvia has gone past this facade and examined in understandable detail the many factors that led to in some examples, their inevitable end. An excellent read for the average man in the street and professional pilot alike, and I'm looking forward to the next book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Quick read 5 April 2014
By David A. Blackadar - Published on
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Well written, gives common folk like myself some fresh insights. Will read more of her work. This is written so you will not loose the thread of the story even if you don't fully understand all the technical nuances. Agood quick read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting Book 15 April 2014
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Lucid prose and well-informed technical and psychological explanations. Left me looking for more. I would definitely recommend this book if it is about an area of interest to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight 28 Mar 2014
By Jim Wright - Published on
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Good overview of several relatively unreported crashes. The 9-11 situation was well documented but seemed a bit out-of-place within the context of the rest of the book.
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