The Munich Air Disaster Paperback – 1 Sep 2007
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About the Author
Stephen R. Morrin is an aviation historian and author based in Cheshire. His previous books include The Day the Sky Fell Down, which deals with the Stockport air disaster of 1967.
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Overall it is a good enough effort.
Yet some aspects of the question which first drew my attention to this disaster, i.e. why did a pilot attempt a third take-off in snow, having failed on the previous two, is not fully explored.
Clearly the BEA management then attitude to a pilot's discretion needs examining.
But most importantly of all is the crafty way in which BEA neither accepted nor refuted the initial investigations of the German authorities. This encouraged Man U to sue BEA as the responsible party - a suit that soon collapsed under the evidence of (BEA sponsored) Prof.Owen's research into technical aspects of the claims made by the German investigators.
The Man U suit collapse then freed BEA to cooperate with a new UK investigation which identified the runway slush as the true cause of the crash. That the slush-braking effect was already reported by Trans Canada Airlines in 1950 to BEA, who did not change their procedures accordingly, was never held against the BEA management. Moreover 6 instances of failure to attain take-off speed from a slushy runway occurred on previous BEA flights from Germany, Holland & UK.
Only in 1 of these cases was a pilot report filed - again to no effect on take-off procedure on slushy runways.
Clearly, the compliance of the BALPA in those years with BEA management contributed its share to this slack attitude towards safety.
(Ironically, one of the pilots involved in one of these previous incidents was Capt. S J L Key, the pilot of the Staines air crash in 1972 and a very orthodox type.Read more ›
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I was hoping that this book would go into more details regarding the crash,but it was more about football.Published 10 months ago by nosbig
Superb I advice United supporters of today to read what the young boys went through, and manager even pilot.Published 11 months ago by stephen wiseman
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