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Flight #116 Is Down!

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,050 ratings  ·  152 reviews
An award-winning dramatic thriller finds a young girl confronting her fears and making heroic efforts at the terrifying scene of a crashed 747. Reissue. AB. PW. "
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published March 1st 1992)
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Laura
The students have been reading this for years. I've long recognized it as a book to pull students into reading. But I'd never taken it off the shelf until yesterday.

It is good! At first I was confused. The author begins by taking the readers into the thoughts and motivations of a lot of characters. I had a hard time keeping them separate. Then the plane crashed (<--not a spoiler) and I discovered I was already invested in the characters; I cared what happened: if they lived or died or what.

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Hannah
I loved the protagonists, Heidi and Patrick, and also the way Cooney perfectly captured the suspense and sense of heart-stopping horror and sick fascination that people feel when they come face to face with the scene of an accident. As a reader, Cooney managed to make me feel like I'm part of the confusion - at times experiencing the confusion and terror that the passengers experienced, and at times the adrenaline that the rescue workers felt.

By letting us meet different passengers as well as lo
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Nick Handrich
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Abdullah Faisal Chaudhry
A girl called Heidi Landseth is left home alone for a while whilst both her parents are in different countries for work reasons. One day a roaring sound fills the sky as a passenger jumbo jet crashes in her huge backyard. With the jet fuel leaking and sparks everywhere she is eager to evacuate the aircraft. However she realizes that the job is to big for one person (DUH) and calls 911. So when the emergency services arrive they are in a race against time to evacuate and send all victims to the h ...more
William Young
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Melissa
I should never have read this book. It probably contributed to my need to be prepared for outlandish emergency scenarios.
Jackie
High School senior Patrick longs to put his training as an EMT to real use and sophomore Heidi longs for friends and to be useful in life. They both get their wish when a 747 crash lands onto Heidi's parent's estate outside of New York City. Her parents are out of town again and Heidi is first on the scene...she puts her well-focused instincts into high gear as she awaits rescue teams.

As the grisly night wears on with an icy rain and a foreboding nightfall, Heidi and Patrick give strength to on
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Kan Puttal
8/9/14
pg1-26
In the first two chapters are very boring because it was just tell the reader about the setting. But it was also quiet interesting because there are many perspective to it.

14/9/14
pg27-50
There are more people in the story now. It's getting confusion. I want the plane to crash already.

21/9/14
Pg51-66
How the author describe the crash site is so good. I could see it, but the sentence has so many words in it so it was confusing.
Elissa
I read this ages ago, but 1. I am intrigued by plane crashes, and 2. I enjoyed it when I was ~11 or so, so the 4-star rating is for nostalgia.
Tara
I read this story as a child and later as an adult, and I enjoyed it both times. The book is about a teenage girl, Heidi, whose parents leave at home alone for the weekend while they take a trip. While they are gone an airplane crashes in their backyard! Heidi must decide whether or not she can face her fears and even death to save complete strangers. Through her experiences she learns about her own capabilities as well as how precious life is. I thought this story was suspenseful and thrilling. ...more
Meredith
This book was my jam when I was in middle school. While checking in books last night at the library I came across this throw back and couldn't believe I came across it again after all these years. I instantly remembered how much I loved it. I couldn't put this book down when I read back then, as it was always with the case for Caroline B. Cooney novels. Just as with all her books, this one was thrilling, scary, intense, non-stop, and I shipped the two main characters long before I even knew what ...more
Ebster Davis
I read this book about nine years ago. I rememer it was a scholastic book so I was expecting it to be little kid appropriate.

Not so!

It was very intense account, not only of the a plane crash itself, but of the community's disaster-response implementation.

Very intense, dramatic, and at some times violent.

I remember the story was significant to me at the time because most of the characters are teenagers who think of themselves as adults (one of them has a job and stuff) and then they become inv
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Cole
Although flight #116 took me about one month to read, when I was reading it, it seemed as if the book was flying by. The book did start off a little slow for my liking but the tempo picked up right after the plane crash. The two main characters are well developed, and continue to develop throughout the book. Most of the other characters were well developed as well. The author really brought you into the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys drama and an upbeat tempo to their bo ...more
Lydia Smiley
This book was good but you would get lost and confused during it. The author switch pint of views witch was creative but you would get lost with whose view the author was telling. I read this book for school and I wouldn't have grabbed it off one of the shelf's at the book store. Although if it wasn't confusing then I would of gave it 5 stars because it was a good book.
Cole Cucitrone
The book " Flight 116 Is Down" by Caroline B. Cooney was a very good book. Heidi's parents went to Switzerland for vacation and left Heidi alone. About 2:25 PM flight 116 came down. everybody from the town came rushing in to help. Neighbors,police men, fire fighters, etc. They where all pitching in to get everybody out from the plane. The only problem was Heidi's drive way was to narrow to get the ambulances out because all the people that where helping parked there. This book is a novel because ...more
Kristin
It's been a long time since I have read any Cooney, but this title has survived a couple moves, and was still sitting on my "to-be-read" shelf when I was looking for a little something yesterday afternoon.

Quick, exciting read which brought tears to my eyes by the end as not quite everyone we got to know survived the tragedy. Not a suprise, but still.

The questioner in me wanted more. What happens after the flight. Do the surviving passengers, the rescuers, and their families have a chance to mee
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Zachary
Coming back to this author, and young adult fiction in general, has been a pleasant experience. I never read this book while I was in the target audience, so to speak, but I don't think I suffered by reading it now. The pros is still very readable, and the plot stands up well, and I was impressed that the author did not shy away from the less pleasant aspects of the subject. The teenage characters are clichéd, but that is something I can except, and it didn't bother me very much. Highly recommen ...more
Rebecca Kittelson
One of my favorite books in middle school!
Kelby
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for many reasons. It was very well written, and was very emotional. Cooney did a tremendous job at constructing this book. Even with enjoying the book, there were a couple of downsides. For one, the book was written in a confusing manner. I could rarely keep track of who I was with, because we jumped around in so many different character's minds.
In my current life, feeling useful is a big part in your school life. I think this book did a good job showing that you
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PurplyCookie
Patrick, 17, finds it ironic that he needs to request hall passes to go to the library, while as an emergency medical technician he can deliver babies and save lives without such childish restrictions. Wealthy Heidi longs to feel competent at something and close to someone. Daniel, 15, must escort his younger brother to a wedding he desperately hopes won't take place. Spoiled Darienne can only focus on the small, insignificant negatives of life. All of these disparate personalities and more are ...more
M.
1995 Rebecca Caudill winner. Patrick is a high school senior, but he's also a fully trained EMT in a town where the only people available to provide emergency services during the day are the older teenagers. Laura and Ty are also EMTs but see their roles in vastly different ways. Daniel, Tuck, Carly, Teddie, and others are passengers on a 747 when it crashes into a copse, killing some passengers and injuring others. Heidi is the teenage girl who lives on the property where the plane crashes, sta ...more
Brandi
Oldie, but a goodie. This will always be one of my favorite books.


Heidi is home alone with only her housekeeper, Mrs. Camp and her band of dogs to keep her company while her parents are both away on business trips. Heidi’s house, called Dove House, is far from the small town of Nearing River. Patrick is a Junior Volunteer EMT for the Nearing River. Everyday Patrick waits for an opportunity to prove that he is as good as all the adult volunteers. Heidi and Patrick’s paths cross when an airplane c
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Julia Brumfield
This was definitely one of the better young adult books in my mind while it was a busy book - both in the plotline (especially after it picked up) and with the characters. I applaud the author on being able to have as many primary characters as she did, keeping their personalities strong instead of bleeding them together and of course being able to keep each separate story going whether it blended or didn't blend with some of the other stories you were reading about while in some cases you had ...more
Jaredb
Jared Burke 11/19/13

Flight #116 Is Down
Caroline B. Cooney


I would rate this book five stars. I enjoyed reading this book because it was action-packed, kept me in suspense, and there were many incidents of bravery.

A 747 with 400 people on board has crashed into a field behind Heidi Landseth’s remote estate. Heidi who is a teenager jumps into action. She calls 911 and then runs to help the survivors. Another teenager, Patrick Farquhar is an EMT and the first to arrive at the scene. Before long s
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Jenny
This was very suspenseful, and like one reviewer said, it takes the reader on a "roller coaster of emotions." I was scared with the victims and felt for them, and I was anxious with Heidi and Patrick, and I didn't like Darienne, the crash survivor who couldn't be bothered to help with the rescue, any more than Heidi did. Cooney did a great job of giving these characters personalities very quickly. After just a few short sections, I already felt for everybody one way or the other, and I had stron ...more
Zach Anderson
Flight #116 Is Down by Caroline B. Cooney is realistic fiction novel. The book is a timeline from when Flight 116 takes off until it has problems. The events are told through the perspective of many different characters and the actions they take when the jumbo jet experiences issues during flight. This traumatic event will alter the lives-for those who live.

Patrick,17, dreams of the disaster where he gets the chance to prove himself as an EMT. He is dismayed that as an EMT, he can deliver babie
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Sota Fujimoto
I think so far this book i extremely well set up. I really like how the book organizes by choosing many characters perspectives of the flight. The book is really suspenseful because of how it keeps on changing and it shows how different people are feeling about the journey/fligt. Even though i havent read all alot into the book i still think that it will be an interesting story. What i dont really like about it is that the way the story is set up, it can really confuse me at times. Sometimes i h ...more
Shakespearesgirl
It's probably been years since I read this book, and I don't think it's as hard-hitting and alarming for a 27 year old who watches true crime documentaries and researches disasters in her spare time, but I remember very vividly when I first read the book that it was the first disaster novel I'd encountered. Clearly it left a good impression. Cooney manages to nicely capture the chaos and horror while also balancing fascination for the macabre.

I would say this is a younger-skewing young adult nov
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Crizzle
Suspenseful read for high schoolers/mature middle schoolers. I say mature because there is reference to teenage drinking, etc. I think I actually did read this literally half a lifetime ago; I vaguely remembered a few parts.
I would have rated it fewer stars, but the action and suspense was good. It would make a good summertime read for teenagers.
Quinlyn
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