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Air Crashes and Miracle Landings: 60 Narratives: (How, When ... and Most Importantly Why) (Anglais) Broché – 17 août 2011

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Présentation de l'éditeur

A classic combining several types of aviation disaster book in one. Vividly retells incidents that made headlines at the time, while explaining why they happened and the lessons they provided to make air travel so safe today. Individuals covered include Germany's World War I fighter ace,the Red Baron, aviatrix Amelia Earhart, and Captain Piché who ran out of fuel and managed to glide 80 miles to plunge down safely on a mid-Atlantic island. Includes the Comet disasters that revealed the dangers of metal fatigue, the U.K.'s Kegworth air disaster where the pilots shut down the good engine, the worst-ever aircraft disasters (Tenerife and JL123), the mid-air collision between an airliner full of children and a freighter after which one of the fathers killed the air traffic controller he thought responsible, the supersonic Concorde, 9/11, AA587, the Hudson River ditching, and the mysterious loss of Air France AF447... To avoid repetition, explanations of technical terms and procedures were placed in an appendix, now published separately as "THE FLYING DICTIONARY". Makes the narratives even more interesting. A fascinating read in its own right.

Biographie de l'auteur

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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Amazon.com: 3.9 étoiles sur 5 54 commentaires
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting, but not essential. Anyway, it is a very good place if you wanna go into the avianton safety subject 14 avril 2017
Par Zé do Borogodó - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Bear in mind the following: this is no Macarthur Job line of work. Much on the contrary. And that's the reason you have SIXTY accidents covered here. So, given the intention and scope of the book, each accident is covered very briefly, withotu detailed or elaborated graphics, time lines and such. It is more like a friendly chit-chat between the author and the reader.

Each of the cases (some of them covering ony one page) gives a summary of the events. Not all of them are tragic, since the focus of the work is to enlighten, not to gain money from tragedies.

A good book, although once again I feel the need to warn: this is no Macarthur Job work (as a note, the writer quotes Macarthur Job a lot in this book).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a very good summary of a selection of important air incidents 1 janvier 2015
Par John R. Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is a very good summary of a selection of important air incidents. I am a fan of the "Air Disasters" series on the Smithsonian channel, and several of these summaries match up with the incidents dramatized in that series. Each of those episodes is an hour long, and sometimes the story seems stretched out to fill the hour. Here, the chapters are compact and generally contain most of the key information -- and where there is more information available, the author points you to web sites (including his own) where you can find more information / links. The incidents are grouped into chapters by type (e.g., "Loss of Power over Land," and "Loss of Power over Water").

Why didn't I rate it 5 stars? Well, as other reviewers have noticed, there still are some annoying typos -- the author was poorly-served by his copy editor / proofreader. Also, I would have liked the chapters to have more of a "standard" feel -- for example, putting some information in the same place of each review (date, aircraft type, location, time-of-day, ...).

All in all, this is a very good book, and I will be recommending it to my friends. I don't write many reviews on Amazon, so I am voting with my time in writing this, too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 5-stars from an aviation professional. 18 décembre 2013
Par ezreviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'm an airline pilot and picked this up for light reading during flights. Having just finished it, i find it is really quite good. Assuming the writer is not an aviation professional, i'm actually quite surprised and impressed after reading several other books of the sort written by actual pilots or aviation safety experts, to note the writer has got quite a good understanding of airline cockpit culture, operations, and indeed even the technical side of things. His extensive research in this area i expect would put most others less impassioned to sleep, but he writes well and in an engaging manner. Though some have complained in other reviews, I find that the personal opinions and conjecture he injects into each narrative to be what actually ENHANCES the reading experience. Case in point Pan Am/KLM jumbo at Tenerife. Read about it a hundred times, but he presents a very plausible new angle, with the KLM pilots' backgrounds fleshed out. It's not what you've heard. SQ006 at Taipei, he describes in detail the aftermath and conveys the feeling of helplessness of the pilots at the hands of the Taiwanese system and media trying to crucify them. As an outsider, given the available information, his grasp of the pertinent issues is both accurate and enlightening.
I would recommend it, even for pilots who may have read most of the cases before. Many new points are brought up,with points of view that may surprise you.

My copy had none of the so-called grammatical errors or spelling mistakes which caused the book to earn an unfortunate 1-star from a couple of reviewers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Air Disasters in Written Form 16 mars 2015
Par Francis R. Dohrau, Jr. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The Smithsonian Channel Show, Air Disasters, is one of my favorite two shows on TV but they don't have any DVDs or books of their actual shows. So I buy whatever is close and this is one excellent book of similar investigations. Air Disasters are really mysteries that the National Transportation Safety Board solves and then uses their findings to make air travel world wide safer. I love to watch / read about competent investigators figure out what happened. This book is just a written version of these crashes.
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