Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation

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The immediate human toll of the 1994 Flight 427 disaster was staggering: all 132 people aboard died on a Pennsylvania hillside. The subsequent investigation was a maze of politics, bizarre theories, and shrouded answers. Bill Adair, an award-winning journalist, was granted special access to the five-year inquiry by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) while its investigators tried to determine if the world's most widely used commercial jet, the Boeing 737, was really safe. Their findings have had ...

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Overview

The immediate human toll of the 1994 Flight 427 disaster was staggering: all 132 people aboard died on a Pennsylvania hillside. The subsequent investigation was a maze of politics, bizarre theories, and shrouded answers. Bill Adair, an award-winning journalist, was granted special access to the five-year inquiry by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) while its investigators tried to determine if the world's most widely used commercial jet, the Boeing 737, was really safe. Their findings have had wide-ranging effects on the airline industry, pilots, and even passangers. Adair takes readers behind the scenes to show who makes decisions about airline safety—and why.

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“Bill Adair has done it right.”—USA Today

“An informative and highly readable book, of interest to a wide public in an age when the safety of air travel is understandably on everyone’s mind.”—Wall Street Journal

“A compelling mystery in a book of first-rate journalism.”—Publishers Weekly

“Adair’s patient and sharp reporting has given birth to one of the best books in a highly sensitive category, flight safety.”—Aviation Week & Space Technology
USA Today
Bill Adair has done it right...Adair spent many days with key players, allowing him to build his compelling narrative.
Cox News Service
The book reads like a classic mystery with a rich cast of characters and a long list of suspects?
Wall Street Journal
An informative and highly readable book.
Charlotte Observer
Adair writes a suspenseful mystery about a real-life event, enriching the story with his broad knowledge of aviation.
Aviation Week and Space Technology
Adair?s patient and sharp reporting has given birth to one of the best books in a highly sensitive category.
Library Journal
In 1994, a Boeing 737 operated by USAir suddenly and inexplicably nosed over and went into an uncontrollable dive. In 28 seconds, some 132 people died. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators worked for five years to determine the cause. While NTSB, the FAA, Boeing, the pilots' union, and the airline pursued the engineering issues, survivors and lawyers pursued the personal need for closure, revenge, and compensation. Each party had its own agenda, and orchestrating the many voices over a lengthy and frustrating investigation was difficult. Adair, a writer for the St. Petersburg Times, closely follows the investigation as it creates and discards hundreds of theories, from bird impact to Mafia assassination. He dissects the enormously complicated investigation and ably explains the many competing issues that make aircraft disasters so difficult to bring to closure. His examination of the behind-the-scenes work that shapes airline safety policy is detailed and absorbing. Recommended for aeronautics, public policy, and journalism collections. Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588340894
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 813,439
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.69 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Adair covers aviation, national politics, and Congress for the St. Petersburg Times. He has won numerous awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington correspondence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2002

    Living the Nightmare

    The book was very interesting, although I think that the author should have got more input from families about how they were treated by US Air. I also think that when talking about the lawsuits that he should have found out what the little person who wasn't a big business man was worth. He also doesn't mention when talking about the media how the families had to listen to it being aired over and over about there being parts of bodies hanging in trees. It was a nightmare and no matter who was to blame the whole thing was handled badly. I would hope that it will never happen again because of a mechanical malfunction, but living in the real world I know that it will and my heart will bleed for what those families will have to go through. I know what myself and my children went through when we lost husband and father on flight 427.

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