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Posted October 24, 2006
Jerry Schemmel and Jay Ramsdell boarded United Airlines Flight 232 in Denver, bound for Chicago on July 19, 1989. An hour into the flight, the number two engine in their DC-10 aircraft exploded, causing complete hydraulic failure. For the next 45 minutes, the cockpit crew flew the damaged jet through the completely untrained procedure of using the planes engine thrust. In attempting an emergency landing in Sioux City, Iowa, the plane crashed violently, killing 112 of the 296 onboard, including Jerry Schemmels best friend, Jay Ramsdell. While nearly everyone around him died, Schemmel was able to escape the burning cabin. He then reentered the wreckage and rescued an 11 month old baby girl. Chosen To Live is a story of hope. From an airline disaster, to Schemmel's struggle with the death of his best friend. The story of one of the 296 people God decided to spare, a plane crash survivor's battle to move on, and to realize his dream of being an NBA broadcaster. Anyone enthused by suspense and pure adrenaline should read this book. I loved reading this book, and recommend to everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 23, 2000
This book gives you everything you could want from a story like this. It shows the thrilling ride from the flight deck and the main cabin, then tells of the impact and finally the mental state of the survivors. A must read for any aviation enthusiast.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.