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The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation
     

The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation

by Bill Adair
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588344021
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
854,711
File size:
6 MB

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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