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The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters Paperback – 2 Mar 2017
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A lively dissection of history-making accidents... Negroni tracks the astonishing progress in understanding the combination of mechanical flaws and human frailties that bring down aircraft. -- Charles Bremner * The Times * Fascinating . . . For all the horror stories in The Crash Detectives, the reasonable reader will leave the book more sanguine about modern commercial airline travel than before. * Wall Street Journal * The evolution of air safety is rooted in catastrophe. Christine Negroni pulls back the curtain on the people, the places, and the tragedies that have shaped this process over the decades - an unflinching look at a system that most of us take for granted. -- Patrick Smith, bestselling author of COCKPIT CONFIDENTIAL Christine Negroni is a talented aviation journalist who clearly understands the critically important part the human factor plays in aviation safety. She "gets it". -- Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, author of HIGHEST DUTY and pilot of US Airways 1549, the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Mysteries are always fascinating; aviation mysteries are especially so because they involve ordinary people. In The Crash Detectives, Christine Negroni combines her investigative reporting skills with an understanding of the complexities of air accident investigations to bring to life some of history's most intriguing and heartbreaking cases, reminding us that even in the 21st century, aviation still holds elements of the unknown. -- Bob Woodruff, ABC News
A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines fail - leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to MH370 - and how the lessons learned from these accidents have made flying safer.See all Product description
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The author suggests the reason why 370 vanished March 2014 was due to a loss of cabin air. Her theory like others is replete with ifs and maybe. Negroni explains how every disaster has led to more and more stringent safety measures. The doctrine known as CRM, crew resource management, is now taught to all crew. Essentially, it focuses on checks and more checks of each others actions. Rank is of no importance.
They author suggests this has not prevented accidents and gives examples to support this. She argues that there is still an over-reliance on automation. It is too readily accepted that computers can be trusted. When for whatever reason automation fails it forces old- fashioned methods to be substituted. If the pilot is out of practice with a particular manoeuvre this can have disastrous consequences. None of this should cause surprise for an overreliance on computers is common in the business world, sometimes leading to most unfortunate consequences. The old saying: garbage in garbage out still applies.
Negroni admits that pilot improvisation has saved lives on many occasions.The famous landing on the Hudson River in January 2009 was one good example of this.
This is a lively account of air disasters. The author is more convincing when she delves into safety issues than when she theorises about crashes and mysteries.What is truly worrying, despite improved safety training, is the knowledge that we are becoming more and more dependent on computers. How long before we are invited to fly in a totally computer-piloted aircraft?
The book presents the authors theory regarding the loss of MH370 supported by the selective presentation of facts to support her desired outcome. The book fails to provide the reader with the full of the facts, analysis and conclusions from the investigations quoted which in many cases debunk the authors conclusions.
The author fails to give objective analysis of the facts and ignores a vast number of verified facts and statistics which would counter her theory.
The investigations quoted in the book are, for the most part, not mysterious and have been thoroughly investigated by the relevant authority which managed to explain the causes of the accident and produce recommendations to prevent reoccurrence.
An unobjective piece of journalism which makes great use of selective presentation of facts to support the authors preconceived theory regarding MH370. It is not a book about "investigating the worlds most mysterious air disasters"
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