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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd; Ill edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717141101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717141104
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Of all the books I've read on this subject (and there have been many) this book finally answers all the questions about the disaster. There is no personal angle with Morrin (though that is no criticism of the excellent books by various survivors) and he fits together all the loose ends, indicating that there were several contributing factors. When you've read this book you do not feel that that there are any more questions to answer.
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I've read just about every book about this and this was better than some. It was good to read more about Harry Gregg's story and useful to be reminded again about how appallingly the survivors and the victims' families were treated - something that MUFC could still do more about actually. A donation to Harry Gregg's charity would be a start. This and other books give a fascinating insight into post World war 2 politics whereby the UK government was terrified of upsetting the fragile Anglo-German peace, but in the process the UK pilot was hung out to dry and aviation safety compromised for a further 10 years. That is a tragedy and a disgrace. Having said all that and despite all the acceptance that the slush on the runway was the primary cause of the tragedy, there is still a sense that no pilot should have attempted a third take-off, given the problems presented by the first two. Maybe ex-RAF fighter pilots had a more gung-ho attitude in those times?
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I read this shortly after the 50th anniversary and having just read the 4 official crash investigation reports.
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.
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Wonderful tribute to a wonderful team & some truly great English / Irish players & sportsmen.Should be on the shelves of all supporters of the "Beautiful Game"
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