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Preview — Seconds to Disaster by Glenn Meade
Seconds to Disaster
As with the Air France Flight 447 tragedy, much of the time air crashes are a confluence of events; a cascade of bad luck, bad decisions, inappropriate airline company policy, the failure of aviation regulators, and sometimes insufficient training, o...more
I love Air Emergency. I have this sick obsession with airplane crashes. What causes them? Was it mechanical? I think that's partly bec ...more
This must have been an amateur publication, because I found numerous typos and grammar mistakes, but it wasn't too distracting. Overall, I'll recommend this t ...more
If you're reading this review, and you are in a position to sponsor the distribution of this book to anyone and everyone even remotely connected to the airline Industry, please, please, please, help do it!!! This needs to be taught to anyone and everyone in schools, colleges, government offices, travel agencies, and especially to potential passengers!!! If an airline is known to be dang ...more
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, retired airline pilot, consultant, speaker, CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, and author of Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders and Highest Duty: ...more
- Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Captain of the Miracle on the Hudson.
The Kindle edition of this book is 121 pages packed with descriptions of air disasters and how they could have been avoided. The overlying theme presented throughout the book is that airlines are driven by profits with safety being neglected, leading to pilot insufficient training and experience, with overwork resulting in fatigue, poor maintenance of aircraft, and lack of child safety. The ...more
There's stuff in this that will keep you up nights, but there are also some good tips that could save your life. Like where to sit on a plane. Front? Back? Middle? Nope, none of that matters. What does matter is how many rows you are from an exit. And, of course, paying attention to the instructions at the beginning of the flight no matter how well you think you know it. And ...more
what was especially interesting to me, was the information on children (under the age of two) and the lack cohesive safety rules and or regulations for the world's smallest travelers.
also eye opening to me was how varying the safety regulations are from domestic U.S. flights and international flights agencies.
the very idea in a aviation world that safety is not job #1 for the traveling public, but rather the $ bottom line is frightening and frustrating.
it was for me a very eye o ...more
This book was a real "eye opener" into the strengths and flaws of the aircraft industry. Focusing mainly in Boeing manufactured passenger jets, the author paints a clear picture of several crashes the could have been avoided or wouldn't have been as damaging as far as the airplane or the loss of lives. It is researched with linkable side stories or photos.
I would definitely recommend this book especially if you're a frequent flyer or you fly with children. ...more
This goes into why some airline crashes occurred and what can be done to prevent future crashes. This doesn't cover every airplane crash, but does cover some of the larger and more recent ones that have occurred. Most importantly this book covers a few safety tips that could be the difference between life and death if you are a passenger in a passenger jet. ...more
Wow, what a exciting collection of unfortunate airline disasters! This is a thoroughly enjoying read with well developed story lines and fascinating, well researched material. At times I almost felt like I was there and that evinces genius writing.
However, statistics still proves that flying is the safest mode of transportation. But even so, as much as I enjoyed this read, I wouldn't advise an edgy frequent flyer to read it. ...more