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4.6 out of 5 stars
Why Planes Crash: Case Files 2001
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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.
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on 14 May 2015
This a terrific book, with detailed forensic examinations of plane crashes in 2001. The author has an attention to detail and clearly knows her subject. For me, as a nervous flyer, it's actually helped me feel calmer during recent flights. I hope the author writes more in this series. One important lesson I've learnt from the book: as a passenger, don't do anything to add to the stress of the pilots!
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on 23 April 2018
interesting, the airline industry tries to learn from its mistakes
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on 22 June 2013
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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on 26 October 2015
Excellent details made interesting for the average reader. May sound scary but looks forward to improvements & lessons learned in the aircraft industry.
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on 13 May 2015
wish there were more in this series
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on 25 November 2014
Its an ok book - more passenger aircraft incidents needed and more substance requred. Just my opinion though.
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on 14 October 2014
Very happy with my purchase!
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on 10 December 2016
great book
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on 14 November 2014
Found out just how vunerable the human mind is to making fatal mistakes reading this book. Chilling reead.
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