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The Crash Detectives by Christine Negroni
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This probably isn't a good book for nervous fliers, but for those who believe the statistics that say flying is the safest mode of travel, it's​ quite interesting. The author reviews details of a number of well-known plane incidents and crashes from the past, ​discussing what is known about the problems, or ​detailing what did or may have happened to ​others.
It's NOT a book about how the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducts its investigations into airplane crashes, or about how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversee the airlines. But is does talk about how several investigations have been made, and it was surprising to find out that not all NTSB investigations in the U.S, nor some of those conducted by agencies in other Countries, are as thorough as I would have thought. That's not to say there's a cover up going on in some of the investigations, but as the author points out, there are some ​unexpected holes in ​some of the reports, and a failure to consider several ​more likely explanations​​ in some of those reports. ​That's not to say that the book is ​simply a litany of crazy conspiracy theories. It's just that some past investigation results have been disputed or called into question by other interested parties. And in some of the cases which the author includes in her book, mysteries remain. In those, she's able to offer several suggestions or theories as to what may have happened, which I found interesting. But overall, it's good to feel that most investigations are thoroughly and professionally conducted, and corrective action steps are taken to prevent recurrence.
​Also, after reading about a number of equipment malfunctions which have occurred on different airplanes, it's a relief to hear about the large number of incidents which don't make lasting headlines because the problems have been handled successfully due to the skill and training of the flight crews. After finishing the book, the reader may not feel any better (or worse) about boarding an airplane, but you'll be more knowledgeable about the types of things that have and could go wrong, and hopefully confident in the skill of the flight crew to handle any emergency.
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October 11, 2016 – Started Reading
October 13, 2016 – Finished Reading
October 14, 2016 – Shelved

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