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on 8 May 2013
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.