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Black Box: Inside the World's Worst Air Crashes (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nicholas Faith

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The smash-hit bestseller about the world's worst air crashes and the disaster detectives who pick through the wreckage to find out why they happened - now fully revised and updated, with 30% new material.
From the early tragedies of the Comet and the DC10 to the modern-day horror of the Concorde catastrophe in Paris and the mysterious loss of an Air France Airbus over the Atlantic, Faith painstakingly recreates the accidents, explains what went wrong and discusses how they can be prevented from recurring. It's a gripping, fascinating and chilling book.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1962 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 308 pages
  • Editeur : Monday Books (13 septembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009ATEYTK
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 10 décembre 2012
Par Andy in Washington - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As an electronics engineer with a special interest in reliability, I have always been fascinated by the investigations of aircraft disasters. The ability of investigators to piece together the details of a crash from the smallest of clues is just amazing, and represents one of the most difficult disciplines in engineering. Nicholas Faith attempts to chronicle several of these efforts over the past years, concentrating on large, commercial airline crashes.

==The Good Points===

* Faith writes well. The tales are lively, and keep moving. They capture the horror of the situation, but avoid sensationalizing the tragedy and personal suffering of the victims and their families. Faith attempts to consider all aspects of an investigation, including the personal, technical and operational problems. The book is "techy", but certainly not above the level of a high-school graduate with an interest in the subject.

* Several of the chapters are well done. The discussion of the Air France Concorde crash in Paris was first rate, and included an alternate hypothesis to the now familiar "piece of metal from another jet" that was generally accepted. In this discussion, and one or two others, Faith hits a home run.

* Faith tells the story of both the principle characters involved in the crash, and the work of the investigators. I really got a feel for the feeling of hopelessness of flying out to a crash site where you can't even see the plane, because it is mired in 40 feet of Everglades muck.

==The Bad Points===

* Reliability at this level deals in the parts per billion/failures per billion hours level of failure. In other words, this is a very exacting and precise science. Unfortunately Faith can seem to decide how technical he wants this book to be, and it varies from hand-waving to relatively rigorous technical arguments. The book would be much better if this level of technical detail was consistent.

* Faith is prone to off-the-cuff remarks. I almost stopped reading after the first few pages, when the author informs me that the chances of a child born today being killed in a plane crash are less than his being elected President. Well, no, this is simply not true. A quick bit of thinking will tell you that a new President is born roughly every 4-8 years. The death rate of air travel, while comfortably low, is still considerably higher than one death of a child every 4 years. Since so much of the analysis presented is, at least indirectly, based on statistics, this was not a good start for the book.

* But my biggest complaint is simply errors in facts presented. I don't claim to be an expert in aviation disasters, but I do know that Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed his Airbus in the Hudson River, not the EAST River as Faith indicates. I also know that "tornado alley" is not in the Rocky Mountains, but rather in the plains to the east. These were the most flagrant errors, but there were several others that I caught.
The problem is how many more errors were there? If the editing/proofreading process did not catch these relatively obvious factual errors, what else lurks in the book? As a result, I sort of ended up reading the book with a constant doubt in my mind as to the accuracy. It sort of ruined the whole book.

==Summary===

* My overall impression was a book full of facts related from official reports and interviews...but with nagging doubts over how well the facts were understood and related by the author. If Faith can't correctly relate the name of the river where one of the most well-known crashes took place, what else is incorrect or missing? How am I supposed to believe that the author correctly understood and related a relatively complex analysis of rivet holes and metal fatigue in an airframe?

The answer is that I can't. I ended up reading the book more as a work of "semi-fiction", not something that can be totally believed, but perhaps a hint as to incidents that happened and their root causes. This sort of defeats the whole purpose of the book.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well researched and insightful 17 février 2013
Par R. E. Statham - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'll start by saying I'm a search and rescue pilot, so I have a particular interest in this subject. His insights on the Airbus A320 clearly show that the author has done his homework. Pilots on the new fly by wire don't need more training or less training, they need different training. His contrast between the Boeing and Airbus approach is spot on, and is designed to help both layman and expert better understand tragedies like Air France 447,and to help others prevent this in the future.

It has a very international flavor, and very real insights as well as even a few humorous moments. This is a very interesting book, one that I am now recommending to my friends in the aviation community.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Details of Air Crashes You Never Read in the News 31 mars 2014
Par Airbus30B - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really enjoyed this book because many of the NTSB accidents that are laid out in the book, I had heard of, but never really knew the whole story. I have great respect for the men and women of the NTSB who have to respond to the accidents and see sights I hope I'll never see. The book also goes into accidents in Europe, and different parts of the world. I was very interested in the detail of TWA flight 800 that blew up over Long Island, the author brings out information that I never heard. As a pilot myself, who lost a brother in an aircraft crash, I was very compelled to go to the scene of the accident. At the end of the book the author talks about this very thing.The police would not let me close to the plane, but then a worker from the NTSB came over, told the police it was alright to let me go with him in the woods to the crash site. I was always thankful to this man who was the head investigator of the crash scene. It gave me a quick understanding of what most likely might have
happened even before the official NTSB report was out. When reading the book I got the impression that politics and money often get in the way of safety. What else is new!! Now with what I just said and giving the book five stars, I must say that I got off to a bad start with the author in the forward section of the book when he seems to want to crucify us general aviation pilots out there. Like any group of people who share a common interest, you have the bad ones that make it hard on us. Most of the pilots I know who reside below 10,000 feet do their best to obey the rules, after all, the FAA will come down hard on us with fines, loss of license, etc., and most of us don't have a death wish. Yes there are cowboys and showoffs, but they usually don't stick around for long, if you know what I mean. Enough said, I just don't agree with Nicholas Faith about us GA pilots, but still think this book is great reading. Read it and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Wild Blue Yonder 24 août 2014
Par Virginia Woof - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you have interest in aviation, or in history, this book is a great read. Even if you fly only occasionally, you will end by appreciating all of the technological and safety advances that have been implemented after people gave up their lives while flying. I remember when many of the air crashes occurred that are well documented by Mr. Faith. However, in many cases I had no appreciation of the safety improvements resulting from those crashes - things I take for granted when I fly today. This book is not scary; this book is thoughtful and compassionate toward the victims. It is also not shy about pointing out flaws and faults with airlines, governments of various countries and corporations. Important takeaway: travelers should stop trying to haul all of their worldly goods onto a plane and cramming them into the overhead bins. After reading this book, I find that I would rather pay to check a bag and live to wear the clothes in my luggage. Better that than being the unintentional cause of some victim's horrific injury in the event of inflight turbulence or an evacuation. Don't agree? Read Black Box!
3 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 For curious minds 10 août 2013
Par Bill Bare - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Based on the title some would be put off as to the content, but if you go beyond the idea of air crashes and delve into the mystery of why it happened and how it happened you are off to a good start. Investigation is the same as the hunt, both bring excitement as you begin to follow the trail of clues that lead to determining where the elusive quarry was, where it traveled and how it finished the journey. Although you might not be versed the physics of flight, as you read the histories of each incident you will be able to relate the sounds you hear from the aircraft when you are flying and understand the whirr and clunk, the hiss and whine of the myriad of parts that have you allowed you to stay in the air and land safely. So read the sample and see if this is the kind of mystery and investigation that allows you to be part of solution as to why the aircraft did not reach it's intended destination.
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