The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters

The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters

by Christine Negroni


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The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters by Christine Negroni

“Negroni is a talented aviation journalist who clearly understands the critically important part the human factor plays in aviation safety.” —Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson

One of The Wall Street Journal’s 3 Books Every Geek Should Read This Fall

A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines fail—leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to MH370—and how the lessons learned from these accidents have made flying safer.
In The Crash Detectives, veteran aviation journalist and air safety investigator Christine Negroni takes us inside crash investigations from the early days of the jet age to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As Negroni dissects what happened and why, she explores their common themes and, most important, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation, and airplane design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster. Along the way, she also details some miraculous saves, when quick-thinking pilots averted catastrophe and kept hundreds of people alive.
Tying in aviation science, performance psychology, and extensive interviews with pilots, engineers, human factors specialists, crash survivors, and others involved in accidents all over the world, The Crash Detectives is an alternately terrifying and inspiring book that might just cure your fear of flying, and will definitely make you a more informed passenger.

“Christine Negroni combines her investigative reporting skills with an understanding of the complexities of air accident investigations to bring to life some of history’s most intriguing and heartbreaking cases.” —Bob Woodruff, ABC News 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143127321
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 316,356
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Journalist, aviation blogger, television commentator, and crash investigator Christine Negroni has twenty years’ experience observing and participating in the international effort to create safer skies. She currently reports for the New York Times, ABC News, and Air & Space magazine, and she writes the popular blog Flying Lessons.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Mystery 1

Part 2 Conspiracy 79

Part 3 Fallibility 133

Part 4 Humanity 195

Part 5 Resiliency 231

Acknowledgments 261

Bibliography 265

Index 269

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The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this ook more than I expected.
Amelia_Airheart More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait until Christmas to open this gift and it did not disappoint! Mystery, engineering, history, politics, and the human body all come into play in this well researched and documented book. After you read this, you are going to pay a lot more attention to the flight attendant's safety speech at the beginning of a flight. And, now I know why you always put on your mask before assisting other passengers with theirs. Technical details but understandable by a lay-person.
Jet-jockey More than 1 year ago
Christine Negroni has written an excellent book that should be required reading for every airline passenger, past, present and future. As a retired airline pilot and published author, I found the book difficult to put down as it discusses a host of mysterious airline crashes including the Malaysian Flight 370 disaster. Great book! George Jehn - author, "Final Destination: Disaster. What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love it so much!!!