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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 8 May 2013
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Ms. Deborah Walker (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Why Planes Crash: Case Notes 2001 (Kindle Edition)
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And enlightening and interesting look at aviation, 22 Jun 2013
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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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Hoopers Oak (PULBOROUGH, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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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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