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35 Miles from Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Excellently scary non-fiction

    Ok ok, fear of flying girl reads a book about an airplane crash. Smart move.

    I don’t even remember when or where I brought this book, but when I was looking for my next book to read I decided to start at the top, alphabetically, of my TBR and this is where I ended up.

    35 Miles from Shore is, naturally, heavy on aviation industry speak, and contains a lot of information on the plane, the airline and the bodies responsible for regulating the industry. However, this is to be completely expected, and is not overly dry in facts and figures and airplane-yabber.

    The telling of the events leading up to the crash, the rescue and the aftermath are riveting reading, with a particular focus on the airline staff and certain key passengers. The subsequent investigation, conclusions and recommendations also make for interesting, if slightly disturbing reading.

    35 Miles from Shore is well written and engaging, with the history of the airlines involved and other examples of air-disasters that have occurred before and since the ditching of flight ALM 980.

    Don’t read this before you fly (especially if you are going to be flying over open water!), but if you have an interest in survival, disasters or flying, there’s something in 35 Miles from Shore for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Very interest!

    This book was well researched with interviews from some of the participants. It was filled with information and was a good read also. The author wrote an engaging story. Enjoy

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Good Air Disaster Read

    Interesting account of an aviation disaster that I didn't hear about at the time (it happened days before 4 students were shot by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970). The author, who is a pilot himself, gives the reader the history of the airline and many of the people involved such as the pilot, some of the passengers and other crew members. He follows the progression of the flight, the ditching and the rescue efforts of the Coast Guard and the Navy. I am a fan of stories about air disasters (faithful viewer of Smithsonion Channel's Air Disasters television program) and this one was quite well written. The author's examination of the ditching points out things the airline could have done to have prevented it, and also shows us deficiencies in the investigation of the accident (the maintenance records of the airplane were not requested for sometime afterwards). I recommend this book to others who enjoy stories about air disasters and ocean rescues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    Fast moving, narrative of the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet¿

    Fast moving, narrative of the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet¿ Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for 5/08 The fifty-seven passengers and six crewmembers of ALM Flight 980 departed JFK International Airport for St. Marten, never expecting to be fighting for their lives a few hours later. The pilot could not warn the passengers of problems, because the PA system did not work. The plane was not properly fitting with the extra fuel tank that had been recommended. The weather prevented a timely landing at their destination. These events and others contributed to the loss of twenty-three souls. When the plane ran out of fuel, the pilots had no choice but to ditch the plan in open-waters. The injured passengers watched their plane sink in the shark-infested waters. The courageous passengers assisted each other until help arrived. The Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines worked together to save forty people. 35 Miles From Shore is the retelling of the events that led up to the ditching of ALM Flight 980, Mary 2, 1970. Emillio Corsetti II has thoroughly researched the ill-fated flight. Too often, the retelling of such events sounds dry and lacks that certain something that makes the characters real. The narrative moves along quickly, taking the reader through the events before takeoff through the rescue. Corsetti did not stop there he discussed the horrendous medical care offered to the survivors, the investigation, and the lawsuits that ensued. There is a Crew and Passenger list along with a seating diagram at the beginning of the book. 35 Miles From Shore is technical enough for those with flight knowledge and written simple enough for all readers. .

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    Posted January 21, 2011

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