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Seconds to Disaster

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  33 reviews
"Everyone Who Flies, Or Loves Someone Who Flies Should Read This" Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger, Miracle On The Hudson.

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

Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published October 8th 2012 (first published July 10th 2012)
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Tara Chevrestt
Wow! What a read. It's going to be hard for me to get on any more MD-80s, 737s, or an Airbus every again. Even though I LOVE airplanes. This book was incredibly insightful. Perfect for an aviation buff such as myself. Having had an "insider view" into some aspects of these things in my career as a mechanic, I felt as though I was getting the full 411 for a change.

I love Air Emergency. I have this sick obsession with airplane crashes. What causes them? Was it mechanical? I think that's partly bec
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aviation
In this book, the authors do a credible job of documenting the current (2012) state of airline safety. Although clearly the safest way to travel long distances, passenger safety has been compromised significantly since the beginning of the worldwide economic downturn. All parties including the manufacturers, the airlines, governments, and airports have been operating under immense financial pressures. Once well paid pilots are a thing of the past, and those employed by regional carriers often ea ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, easy read - full of interesting tidbits for anyone who is really into aviation, or even for those who are just curious about some of the 'behind the scenes' factors at an airline. There are many facts that will probably scare you, and some that will make you mad - but certainly you won't look at flying the same way again.

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
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chesley Sullenberger has said anyone who flies, or loves someone who flies should read this, and he's right. Scary stuff we all should know. ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A few years ago, my husband and I were on a flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco. As usual, the preflight announcement stated that in case of an emergency, the crew was trained to help. Soon after we were told we could unfasten our seatbelts, the flight attendants began rolling the cart in the aisle to serve beverages. Just then we hit a 300-foot air pocket. Things went flying; people who had unfastened their seatbelts hit their heads on the overhead storage compartments. The flight attenda ...more
Sheila Carsins
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Please Make This Book Available for All Passengers, and Anyone Even Remotely Connected to the Airline Industry!

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
Charles Ray
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you fly frequently, Seconds to Disaster by Glenn Meade and Ray Ronan is a must-read book. Beginning with the tragedy of Air France flight 447, which plunged into the Atlantic on a flight from Rio to Paris, the authors detail how a combination of bad luck, bad decision, insufficient training, poor regulation, and pursuit of profits at the expense of safety puts thousands of lives at risk, and how they have contributed to the death or injury of an uncounted number of airline passengers. I say u ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
"Meade and Ronan pull back the curtain on the airline industry and shine a bright light on the dark corners. Everyone who flies or cares about someone who flies should read this eye-opening account of the current state of commercial air travel. What you don't see can hurt you."

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:
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real insight into Airlines and their safety or lack of. Having worked in this industry for a part i give a huge thumbs up to this books Authors! Read this book to make yourself more aware. If youre a parent? It makes you realise that you as a parent can assure better safety for your little ones when flying. Read the tips and enjoy your trip!
Susan Sigourney
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Everyone who flies should read this.”

- 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
Suzie Quint
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're concerned about the safety of flying, you should read this. If you're not concerned, read this and you will be.

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
Nelson Meaker
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read it if you or someone you care about flies

The truth about why we have the problems with air safety a.d some practical things to know when you fly.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it's weird but I love books like this ... this was well written and very interesting. ...more
Brianne Ingraham
Okay. Not great, but okay.

Not as much information as I would have liked. It was alright, but I can't say that I learned anything new.
Christy Mangano
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a little technical at times therefor a wee bit dry. It certainly had some interesting points though. Interesting for anyone who flies.
Vikas Sasidharan
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
If you were expecting a detailed look at air crashes and their ensuing investigations/consequences, you are going to be sorely disappointed! Bluntly put, this book is just a lengthy gripe about how the airlines sacrifice safety for profits. It could have been a noble endeavor. Although most of us suspect as much, it would have definitely helped to be explicitly made aware of this alarming problem. However, the authors carry this to the very excess, so much so that almost every other paragraph be ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Informative read

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
Alex Cruse
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aviation, own-kindle
Aviation is my thing and learning about why accidents occur fascinates me and is important to me as my dad is an amateur private pilot. This book takes a hard look at the commercial industry which I liked but makes you feel somewhat hopeless as a passenger because the industry is so focused on the bottom-line. The book has good case studies to back-up its claims though I felt the analysis of Air France 447 was a bit empty in regards to what they were trying to accomplish.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any one who flies commercial
Shelves: non-fiction
If you fly you need to read this book. Detailing why bargain airlines may not be a bargain, why your pilot may make less than a guy who makes your fries at the airport and why if you travel with a child you should buy a seat and bring a booster / car seat. Giving the inside story some of the accidents you have seen on Smithsonian Channel's air disasters. It will make you believe that you should join the pope in kissing the tarmac when you land safely. ...more
Melinda Rodger
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very Informative

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.
Chad Rexin
Insightful look into some airline disasters

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.
Chris Gregory
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read but still very disturbing and scary. If you are afraid of flying this book would only intensify that fear. We all want to believe that the airlines have our best interests at heart but of course the reality is, that they just want to keep their profit margins up whilst denying any wrongdoing. A very interesting read that will haunt you afterwards.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Secrets, Misleading information, and Straight up Coverups the public needs to know.......

Capt. Sully ABSOLUTELY CORRECT...A must read book for everyone....even those that have never flown nor has any intention of flying.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A short read... but well worth it.
A good insight into how overworked and stressed commercial pilots are, and gives some good tips on how to make your next flight safer (ie which aircraft and airlines to avoid!)
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an amazing book to sit down and read, and I read this book in one sitting. This book really looks at how safe our skies really are. I found this book engrossing and I would recommend it to anyone who flies, or loves someone who flies, I will never take my safety for granted again.
danielle MONTANARO
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Will be afraid to ever fly again. I highly recommend this!
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Good info

Makes a lot of sense for the common every day flyer
We take all this for granted too many pilots killing peopl
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Be alert !

Very interesting reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who travels by air, especially to countries outside of the U.S.
Robert Lewter
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The gospel. If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going. ...more
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Glenn Meade was born into a working-class family in Dublin, Ireland. After finishing secondary school he had a tough time choosing between studying theology or engineering, but eventually engineering won out and he studied telecommunications. Soon after graduating, he lived and worked in New Hampshire. He worked as a specialist in the field of pilot training—having had a life-long interest in avia ...more

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