So, I love disaster stories and that may be the reason why I enjoyed this one so much. Learn from my mistakes, though. In all cases, it boils down to human error. He speaks Spanish and travels regularly between Mexico and the U. I have a new respect for airline pilots and all of the staff on the plane. Yet, in many ways it has not changed. Top priority is the hope of finding survivors, assessing the area, rescuing the survivors and then putting all the information together to see exactly where and what went wrong.
Fred Filbrich did an excellent job narrating this true story which clocks in at just under 8 hours. They say we learn from our mistakes, well unfortunately this is a prime example of that phrase. There's a beginning and then a lot of aimless wandering. Detailed book that reads like a fictional tale 4 out of 5 stars I like to learn so I enjoy picking up nonfiction audiobooks from time to time. The flight ended four hours and thirty minutes later in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. Extremely detailed, well researched and action packed, this book is a don't put down book until it's finished, Wow!! It was at the time, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet.
I love them because I enjoy learning about all of the little things that went wrong, so little that it would seem impossible for them to cause something horrible, but when compounded together, they create something big. The airline had promised not stop flights to it's customers and will make those flights even though there are risks involved. In this gripping account of that fateful day, author Emilio Corsetti puts the reader inside the cabin, the cockpit, and the rescue helicopters as the crews struggle against the weather and dwindling daylight to rescue the survivors who have only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat. There were needless deaths on both sides. In the book he tells a gripping, action packed, well researched story that is wonderfully narrated by Fred Filbrich. For his actions, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. The flight ended four hours and 34 minutes later in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean.
There are some good chapters later in the book about the survivors including the crew and what they are doing today along with the accident investigation findings. I thought this might be a very dry read, fortunately it is anything but. The navigator is fairly new to his position and wasn't supposed to be on this flight but ended up filling in for someone else who called in sick. In addition to the true story, it explains how airlines operate behind the scenes. As one would expect from such a disaster, investigations and litigations quickly followed; as is usually the case. This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review! This idea claims that any type of accident aviation or not really is a chain of events that if only one can be prevented the accident most likely will be prevented. He has a wife and three boys.
It was at the time, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. The subsequent rescue of survivors took nearly three hours and involved the Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. His mother is a park ranger. Corsetti walks the reader though all the various issues and events that led to the eventual accident. The only commercial airline to date to crash land in open waters. He is still living at 86 years old, and he has said recently, never a day goes by he thinks about those people.
The second half of the book looks at what needs to happen in order to gain control of costs. That part of the story takes up about one chapter of a very long book. Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. As one would expect from such a disaster, investigations and litigations quickly followed; as is usually the case. I read a book a while back about scene construction. Remember this is 1970 and it's when the airlines were just coming into the tourist travel area so a number of airlines were trying to jump on the band wagon to get as much business as possible. The rest of the book tells the alternating stories of the German pilot and the B17 crew.
It was a perfect spring day with partly cloudy skies and a temperature of 64 degrees. Maarten, but four hours and 34 minutes later the flight ended in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. My best friend is really into planes — pretty much any kind of plane you can think of he likes from little prop planes to big fighter jets. However, this story, as told by the author involves so much more than just another airplane or flying tale. It received assistance from the Coast Guard, Navy, Marines and a handful of local vessels. .
The first half of the book is a history lesson. This involved mostly people and process errors, the machine itself did what it was expected to do when it ran out of fuel. What surprised me was the total blame on the pilot. Emilio has written for both regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Multimedia Producer, and Professional Pilotmagazine. But, he goes much farther; giving adequate geographical details, and describing the headlines of the day, as the accident took place in 1970.
The ability to hoist civilians up into a helicopter while swells of 30-40 feet were below and rain, low ceiling, and poor visibility above. Those of us in the profession hated the film because of the many inaccuracies and the lack of effort on the filmmakers to get it right. The only commercial airline to date to crash land in open waters. I was impressed that the pilot made the call so quickly to make an emergency landing in the ocean. The lack of communication, and even when communication was established between rescuers, both often spoke to each other in what appeared to be different languages. I would not let this prevent you from listening to the book in any way.