Présentation de l'éditeur
Sixty fascinating narratives
ranging from the disappearance of Amelia Earhart
to 9/11 to Air France AF447
(essential background knowledge for flyers)
Shows how intriguing air accident investigation can be with many lessons for those passionately interested in aviation:
The accurate details the author painstakingly assembled make it a truly valuable reference for all the "classic" international jet accidents. It reads beautifully, with excellent and clear expression avoiding the tiresome clichés that unfortunately so often mar a book on this fascinating subject.
-- Macarthur Job OAM, Aviation Writer and Air Safety Consultant
Like detective stories, this compendium of incidents—interestingly presented according to type of incident—also appeals to a wider public:
I got AIR CRASHES AND MIRACLE LANDINGS for my brother-in-law. He works in the aviation industry and said it was great. My sister isn't, and has never shown any interest in such things, and even she liked it. Who'd have thought?! A great “What did it?”
-- K.M. Wakefield, 5-star Review on Amazon UK.
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.