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On a cold winter night, a passenger jet with 189 aboard crash landed, out of fuel, in a suburban neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Ten people died. The pilot was blamed and stripped of his career, and a sweeping transformation of flight crew training took place that made United Flight 173 (in)famous worldwide as the model for failure and change.

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Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 25th 2018 by Yamhill Canyon Press
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Jean
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about air passenger jet number 189 that crashed into a Portland, Oregon neighborhood. The investigation’s findings led to major transformation changes in training. Then United Flight 173 crash also brought about sweeping changes in regulations.

This book is well written and researched. Whipple is a journalist and the book reveals her investigation and writing skills. The book is very easy to read and understand for the lay person. The author not only explains the investigations of th
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Julian Dunn
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the crash of United Airlines flight 173 in Portland back in December 1978. Most contemporary accounts of the crash fault the captain, Malburn McBroom, and his crew, for being so preoccupied with a landing gear problem that they failed to properly manage the remaining fuel, so the airplane ran out of gas and crashed.

However, like most complex systems failures, there were many other contributing factors, including United Airlines' negligence in not properly maintaining the landi
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Cooper
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know anything about the plane crash of United Flight 173. Having watched Weather Channel's "Why Planes Crash" and Smithsonian's "Air Disasters", I'm rather intrigued by the people and the investigation into any crash.

Crash Course covers so many aspects that it really holds ones attention. From the crash to the aftermath and trial, Ms. Whipple delves into how such a traumatic event affects not just the people but the community as well. I was astonished to read about how lackadaisical th
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Garland
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A fascinating read about one of the key events in the history of airline safety. Much of the story would never have come to light without the legal battles that followed. I have some background in healthcare systems safety, which has its roots in air travel systems safety. This book really delves into the interplay of human factors and system factors in the crash. The whole story is a good illustration of the fact that well-trained, well-intentioned people will still inevitably make errors somet ...more
Rachel
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this up from the Portland library with high hopes. The subject matter seemed fascinating and I’m a legal nerd but I had a difficult time being engaged in this one. It felt longer than it needed to be and the book binding DROVE ME CRAZY. I could barely read the words on half the pages because the binding was misaligned, talk about a hurdle to over come. All in all it’s an interesting story but the book kind of went on and on where it didn’t need to. The writing style was good but it just ...more
Heather
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was too little to remember the crash of United Flight 173 but when I told my mom I was reading this she remembered exactly what they were doing that night. This book is a fascinating look at the crash, its aftermath for aviation, and even the legal system. I highly recommend it.
Susie
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you fly. Read this. Changed my mind about punitive lawsuits. Well written.
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Julie Whipple is a writer and educator living in Portland, Oregon. She holds an MFA in creative writing with an emphasis on nonfiction, and has worked as a journalist in Kenya and Tanzania where she was the East Africa correspondent for the London-based, weekly news magazine Africa Economic Digest. She also filed stories for the London Observer, South Magazine, Radio France International and Deuts ...more

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