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Air Crashes and Miracle Landings: 60 Narratives: (How, When ... and Most Importantly Why) (Anglais) Broché – 12 avril 2010

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Christopher Bartlett initially trained as a mining engineer, a field where ensuring compliance with safety standards is of prime importance. His passion, however, has been flying, and notably air safety. This was engendered as an Air Cadet during his youth, as a member of the British Interplanetary Society, and as a pupil breaking the sound barrier on fighter simulators at the Air Ministry. After his two years’ military service in the British Royal Air Force, he took a degree in Modern Chinese and Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and became amongst other things a professional translator of Japanese scientific and technical material. This included Japanese rocket tests. He also wrote for magazines in the Far East. His understanding of English, French, and Japanese has enabled him to some five years research for this book based on material published in its original format and note opinions and facts not previously widely publicized. His chance presence in countries at times when headline air crashes occurred there has also enabled him to add local color and extra details to a number of these accounts. He saw the need for a book such as this while residing in Bangkok, when a 100 M.P.H. runway overrun by a Boeing 747 operated by the world’s so-called safest airline (Qantas) was dismissed as a mere mishap. It was subsequently found that the airline had allegedly spent A$100,000,000 on having the aircraft repaired and was thus able to continue to claim it had never suffered a hull loss.

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Flying the (Un)friendly Skies! 7 avril 2012
Par Mike O'Connor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
If you're thinking of flying anywhere in the near future, you probably shouldn't pick up a copy of AIR CRASHES AND MIRACLE LANDINGS. Christopher Bartlett's book examines and dissects 60 mid-airs, explosions, landing/take-off crashes, shootdowns, structural failures, near-misses and other mishaps that have occurred over the past 50 years.

Bartlett divides the accounts into chapters arranged by type of incident such as 'Loss of Power Over Water,' 'Runway Overruns,' 'Ground Collisions,' 'Metal Fatigue & Structural Failure,' 'Invisible Danger - Turbulence' and so on. Depending on the incident, Bartlett's summaries range from two to ten pages in length. A few are illustrated with photographs, diagrams, maps, etc. I give Bartlett high marks for research, the book drawing upon official reports, books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, Internet sources and so on.

Aside from the occasional run-on sentence, I found AIR CRASHES AND MIRACLE LANDINGS an informative but ultimately saddening chronicle of aviation misadventures. I was a little surprised to see the Red Baron's last flight included in a volume on commercial aviation but, what the heck, it's Bartlett's book.

Having read a number of books on aviation crashes and mishaps, I thought AIR CRASHES AND MIRACLE LANDINGS steered a pretty good course between general history and highly technical analysis. I can't say it was entertaining but it was an interesting look at some horrendous disasters and miraculous escapes. Recommended.

9/26/2012 Update.

Bartlett has published a revised, updated edition. The Colgan air crash was added and the 2009 Air France AF 447 crash rewritten. In comparing this edition to the 2010 version, it also looks like a better proofreader was employed.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
this forest is worth a few missing trees 24 mars 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
When an engineered system fails, and lives are lost, it is an ethical imperative for engineers to study the causative chain of events, regardless of the type of engineering they do. In that regard, books such as Perrow's Normal Accidents and Chiles' Inviting Disaster are must-reads.

Despite the partially-deserved criticism from other reviewers that Air Crashes and Miracle Landings needed a closer encounter with a competent proofreader, I would include this book with the other two. It collects in one place a list of important aircraft crashes, and analyzes each one as to cause and effect. The background for each incident is faithfully recounted. While the author's own opinion shines through in many places, in a few instances, he specifically refuses to elaborate (in my opinion, correctly) on an official air crash investigation in which the reviewers themselves were unwilling to specify cause, and provides links for the interested reader to get the full story.

Are there missing words, typos, and the occasional hideous sentence? Yes, and more than one might wish. But if your intent is to learn from air crashes and the causal sequences that inevitably precede them, then these minor annoyances will not stop you from absorbing a great deal about aircraft machinery, maintenance, metal fatigue, aerodynamics, and human-human and human-machine interactions. Fascinating stories, and well worth reading.
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Aircraft disasters revealed 18 septembre 2010
Par M. Graley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
For anyone who is interested in aircraft disasters (and who isn't - go on admit it!) this book is a real treat. The technical level is just right, ie enough but not overwhelming. And the issue of blame is fairly and intelligently argued. It makes a fascinating read - as good as any novel! It ought to be compulsory reading for everyone in the industry! BTW, the companion volume "The Flying Dictionary" by the same author is equally good - one of the few dictionaries that make a good read in themselves!
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totally compelling reading... 22 février 2013
Par Annie Hannan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
My dad survived an airline crash before I was born and he occasionally talked about it. He led us to believe that you could survive a mishap on the runway so always be careful about where you sit on a plane. So, when I saw this book on Kindle, I picked it up and have been so reminded of what my dad said. It is really readable and the more you read, the more you are amazed how anyone survives a crash because the the ensuing chaos in the plane, even in relatively minor incidents. Definitely read this book, it reads like a novel, in that you can't put it down! I've read other books on plane travel and crash survival and they, for the most part, were pretty dull and texbook-ish. Sully's book about the Miracle on the Hudson is an exception, really a good book. But this book, Air Crashes and Miracle Landings, despite the off-putting title, is fascinating, if not disturbing in some cases, reading.
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A Crying Shame 24 décembre 2011
Par Speed Daemon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
There is clearly an intelligent source of information and conjecture behind this book (KINDLE EDITION), but the thousands of mistakes, covering the entire range of elements of the written English language, make reading the e-book tedious and confusing. Even the graphics are either non-existent (when the writing refers to a diagram that never appears) or illegible with telltale signs of extreme JPEG compression. The overall poor quality of the work is completely unacceptable for a book for sale.

I can only conclude that the true author(s) of this book is/are very new to the English language, or possibly the book was translated from another language through automation without any attempts to proofread or edit the final product. I'm new to e-books, but the few that I have read do not have the same, all-encompassing lack of writing skills. From cover to cover the book shouts garbled, incoherent language.

If one tries hard to look past the astonishing number of gaffes, there are some morsels of intelligence that can make mining for them somewhat rewarding for a person such as myself, who is already familiar with most of the incidents mentioned. I have read every aviation forensics book that I have come across, and without that extensive prior knowledge, I imagine that the book would be mostly incomprehensible. That is sad because this book does offer some ideas that are not explored in other works.

I don't know if the print version is any better than the e-book, but I will not risk throwing good money after bad to find out. IMO, "Aviation Disasters" by David Gero continues to be the best, most comprehensive and most logically laid-out work in this class of study. I own the first and second editions, and will most certainly continue to buy the later, up-to-date versions.

This book might come close to Gero's seminal work if someone rewrote the book to rectify the astounding number and breadth of errors, and present the background intelligence in a more consistent format.
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