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TWA Flight 800: Explosion in Midair
     

TWA Flight 800: Explosion in Midair

by Michael D. Cole
 
At 8:32 P.M. on July 17, 1996, the unthinkable happened. A terrible explosion ripped through the Boeing 747 airline jet known as TWA Flight 800. All 230 people on board were killed as the plane plunged into the waters south of Long Island, New York. This is an in-depth account of the terrible disaster, the controversy surrounding it, the lengthy investigation into its

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At 8:32 P.M. on July 17, 1996, the unthinkable happened. A terrible explosion ripped through the Boeing 747 airline jet known as TWA Flight 800. All 230 people on board were killed as the plane plunged into the waters south of Long Island, New York. This is an in-depth account of the terrible disaster, the controversy surrounding it, the lengthy investigation into its causes, and the emotions of the victims' families.

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This timely entry in the American Disasters series is a useful introduction to a mystery that has not and may not ever be solved. The author has taken all available data regarding the ill-fated Boeing 747 that crashed into the sea off Long Island in July, 1996, and fleshes it out with the words of those who saw the plane's flameout, and those who were involved in the rescue. It doesn't make for a pretty tale, but one that is not sentimentalized or made overly dramatic. However, when the text focuses on the agony suffered by the relatives and friends of those who were lost in the crash, it is almost unbearable to read. The lengthy and tedious process of bringing body parts and pieces of the plane from the sea is examined in some detail, and theories as to how and why the plane blew apart in midair are discussed. For those who want more on the topic, Cole (Apollo 13, 1995, etc.) includes useful, annotated chapter notes, as well as periodical and Internet sources. Grim but informative. (full-color photos, not seen, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766012172
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
American Disasters Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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