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Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds: A True Story of Tragedy and Triumph

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In this gripping story, Pomerantz takes us deep inside the hearts and minds of 29 people whose fates take a dramatic turn when the commuter plane they are on crashes in a West Georgia hayfield. From the moment a propeller blade shears off in mid-flight, destroying one of the plane's engines, the passengers and three crew members have 9 minutes and 20 seconds in which to pr ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by Three Rivers Press (first published September 1st 2001)
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Brent
I have a strange fascination with aviation disasters. This story was particularly moving because this aircraft, which suffered a catastrophic engine failure that essentially left it "flying" on one wing, was in the air for nine minutes and twenty seconds after the failure. The story of what happened during that time and after after impact is quite compelling. Based on interviews of the 19 survivors.
Daniel Currie
I listened to the 6 CD version of this audiobook.

This is a mostly fact-oriented telling of the story, right thru the lawsuits, of this flight. Very comprehensive in detail altho a bit overly sentimental.

I didn't find the participants especially noteworthy except they were in this tragic accident. They had typical issues before the crash and afterwords, too. They didn't turn into saints or anything approaching it.

It is interesting to hear it in the mostly factual way it was presented, but not c
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Codered Summer
The story of a man who--in his forties, married, with children--quit his humdrum job to take up flying. Now he's working for peanuts, sweating away in the least glamorous corner of civil aviation when he's confronted with the single most difficult-to-manage airframe failure.(view spoiler) ...more
Patrick Nichol
A seriously disturbing examination of a plane crash in progress. The title refers to the time it took for this aircraft to plunge to earth, killing almost everyone aboard in a fiery explosion. it's also an indictment of lax corporate oversight.
Andy
Incredible story of how well people can react in a disaster situation, as well as how human psychology and perception impacts survival. Well written and recommended.
Julie
Read this book a couple of times...rare! Don't read it on a flight! Fantastic examples of the human spirit and the will to survive.
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