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35 Miles from Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980

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On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with 57 passengers and a crew of six departed from New York’s JFK International Airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten, but four hours and 34 minutes later the flight ended in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It was, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. The subsequent rescue of survivors took n ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Odyssey Publishing (first published 2008)
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Susan
On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with 57 passengers and a crew of six departed from New York’s JFK International Airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten, but four hours and 34 minutes later the flight ended in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It was, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. The subsequent rescue of survivors took nearly three hours and involved the coast guard, navy, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what wa ...more
Kat
35 Miles from Shore is, naturally, heavy on aviation industry speak, and contains a lot of information on the plane, the airline and the bodies responsible for regulating the industry. However, this is to be completely expected, and is not overly dry in facts and figures and airplane-yabber.

The telling of the events leading up to the crash, the rescue and the aftermath are riveting reading, with a particular focus on the airline staff and certain key passengers. The subsequent investigation, con
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Wally Beddoe
My good buddy J.D. Barber was the CH-46 Crew Chief involved in this rescue. For his actions, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.
~Wally

On May2, 1970, ALM 980 departed New York’s JFK international airport with fifty-seven passengers and a crew of six. The destination was the tropical island of St. Maarten. It was a perfect spring day with partly cloudy skies and a temperature of 64 degrees. In the Caribbean the story was quite different; thunderstorms plagued the region. By the time ALM 98
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Terra
35 Miles From Shore by Emilo Corsetti III is the most astounding non fiction book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Extremely detailed, well researched and action packed, this book is a don't put down book until it's finished, Wow!!

The flight of ALM 980 starts out with strikes against it. The pilot is a risk taker and not one to follow orders all the time. The navigator is fairly new to his position and wasn't supposed to be on this flight but ended up filling in for someone else who call
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Colin Birge
A book-length examination of an incident famous in aviation circles, a 1970 JFK->St. Maarten flight forced down in rough Caribbean seas after the plane ran out of fuel. At its best the book reminds me a bit of Sebastian Junger's "A Perfect Storm," though it's not quite as well written. The author takes you through some of the personalities, business decisions, and technical problems that led up to the disastrous landing & subsequent rescue mission.

The author, a pilot, does a reasonably g
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george burns
In the Water

In the Water

This is the story of a commercial jet which ditched in 1970 in 5000 feet deep water 35 miles from the Caribbean island of St. Croix. The author skillfully weaves a tale that includes misjudgment, bad luck, heroism, danger and tragedy. The result makes compelling reading.
Wayne
Interesting read. Non-fiction with extensive data on the crew and passengers involved. In my opinion, the flight was doomed from the get-go due to marginal fuel planning. Major heroics on the part of multiple rescuers. Hopefully ATC in the area is more modern these days.
Vicky
Very interesting and a little scary. I don't know about flying over an ocean. But the rescue was impressive.
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Emilio Corsetti III is a professional pilot and author. His work has appeared in both regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Multimedia Producer, and Professional Pilot magazine. Emilio is a graduate of St. Louis University. For more information about the author, please visit the authors web site at www.EmilioCorsetti.com."
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