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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, LLC (first published January 1st 2008)
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Terra
May 19, 2008 Terra rated it it was amazing
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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Missy
Mar 19, 2015 Missy rated it liked it
Shelves: history, disasters
I must admit that I found this book to be quite interesting and the page-turner. Now, disclaimer: I LOVE real-life disaster stories. I know...sounds pretty sick..but hear me out. I love them because I enjoy learning about all of the little things that went wrong, so little that it would seem impossible for them to cause something horrible, but when compounded together, they create something big. In all cases, it boils down to human error. Personally, I believe there is much to be learned by read ...more
Susan
Jul 10, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Wally Beddoe
Jan 07, 2013 Wally Beddoe rated it really liked it
Shelves: military
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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Feloidae *Bookworm Extraordinaire*
I guess it was a good researched book, well as good and detailed it can be with the flight data recorder still on the bottom of the sea. I still wonder if they are going to lift it one day.
I'm still not compelled to give the book more than 3 stars. For me I thought it was a bit too much focused on the company itself that owned the plane I'm more into technical stuff and the plane/crash itself as well as the following investigations (which came too short too). However I would recommend reading i
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Kat
Dec 24, 2011 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: human-disaster
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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Colin Birge
Jul 10, 2012 Colin Birge rated it liked it
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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John E. Donovan
Apr 24, 2016 John E. Donovan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Close only counts in horseshoes,"

... and unlike in the game of horseshoes, the consequences of not reaching the desired goal in this endeavor, would be, both, tragic and news-worthy. Author Emilio Corsetti does a fine job (through hours of interviews with survivors of ill-fated ALM Flight 980, as well as pain-staking research on the Internet) weaving together the events in place that, ultimately, brought down Overseas National Airways' DC-9, 35 miles short of its intended destination ... and he
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george burns
Jun 19, 2014 george burns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2012 Wayne rated it liked it
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.
Andrew
Feb 24, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
An outstanding telling of an unfortunate incident. The author used an excellent writing style that combined a narration of events mixed with historical, technical and geographic data in such a way as to keep the reader engaged.
Jenn
Oct 20, 2015 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Read!

The author covered all the angles/perspectives about the plane that ran out of gas. Well-told with lots of heroism. Very interesting book on a tragic accident. I liked how the author seemed to maintain his objectivity while presenting his readers with the facts.
Vicky
Mar 09, 2009 Vicky rated it really liked it
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 author's web site at www.EmilioCorsetti.com.
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