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Overview

Boeing's 737 is indisputably the most popular and arguably the safest commercial airliner in the world. But the plane had a lethal flaw, and only after several disastrous crashes and years of painstaking investigation was the mystery of its rudder failure solved. This book tells the story of how engineers and scientists finally uncovered the defect that had been engineered into the plane. One of its novel features is that it portrays the complex interaction of different experts and opposing interests in investigating and solving the mystery of this single crash.
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In 1994, a commercial jetliner crashed on its approach to Pittsburgh International Airport; in 1999, the National Transportation Safety Board delivered its verdict on the causes. British science writer Byrne investigates why it took so long to uncover and disclose the rare but lethal design flaw in the Boeing 737. Intelligently written, drawing in readers without dwelling on the stories of the victims, the narrative instead focuses on the technology and the politics involved. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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"It’s a book about hi-tech sleuths racing against time and looming danger to solve an unfathomable mystery: why commercial airliners in seemingly perfect working order flipped over and fell from the sky. Author Byrne manages this in a style that is both suspenseful and educational … . Highly recommended for anyone interested in technology and/or aviation … ." (Wordtrade.com, Issue 1, 2003)

"Byrne, an internationally recognized science journalist, has crafted a detailed, compelling chronicle about solving the riddles of an airline disaster. … Byrne probes the engineering variables, corporate politics, and federal bureaucracies that characterized the investigation of these incidents. … Highly recommended. All levels." (R. E. Bilstein, Choice, January, 2003)

"In 1994, a commercial jetliner crashed on its approach to Pittsburgh International Airport … . British science writer Byrne investigates why it took so long to uncover and disclose the rare but lethal design flaw in the Boeing 737. Intelligently written, drawing in readers without dwelling on the stories of the victims, the narrative instead focuses on the technology and the politics involved." (SciTech Book News, December, 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387952567
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/10/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

(1) The Last Flight of US Airways 427; (2) The State of Commercial Aviation; (3) The View from the Cockpit; (4) Aircraft Design; (5) The Runway; (6) The 737 Rudder; (7) Altitude; (8) ATC; (9) Loss of Control; (10) NTSB; (11) The Crash Site; (12) Pointing Fingers; (13) Theories in Conflict; (14) Boeing Weighs In; (15) FAA and NTSB; (16) The Aftermath
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    Good insight into crash investigation

    This writer pulled me very easily into what becomes a very complicated technical detective story about the problems which caused two 737s to crash and few other near misses. He carefully introduces things and explains them early on so that even the layperson who knows nothing about flying can easily follow the plot. I'm fascinated by aviation but never knew so much about the way crashes get investigated. Apart from telling in some detail the story of two 737 crashes, this book is a good introduction to the field of air crash investigation and one of the best on the subject I've read so far.

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