Flight 232

Flight 232

A Story of Disaster and Survival

Book - 2014
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Reconstructs the crash of United Airlines Flight 232, which hit the runway in a huge fireball after experiencing engine failure and loss of all flight controls and still had one hundred eighty-five survivors.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780393240023
0393240029
Characteristics: viii, 415 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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mswrite
Mar 15, 2016

One of the most gripping accounts of an airline disaster I've ever read. Suspenseful even after having seen all the news accounts and TV disaster docs about this event. Highly recommended.

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zipread
Mar 14, 2015

Flight 232: a Story of Disaster and Survival. --- by --- Laurence Gonzales. Riveting. Because this is a true story. Because you know almost how it will end. Because you want to know why it happened. Flight 232 is the story of a United Airlines DC 10 flying Denver to Chicago on July 19th 1989. It had 296 passengers aboard. Late in its flight the giant jet lost all hydraulic control: essentially it couldn't be steered, it couldn't be landed. And yet, the cockpit crew managed to wrestle the plane to the ground where it broke open and burned. Yet amazingly, 184 of the passengers survived. Gonzales takes of number of elements of what events transpired to mould that fateful event: the manufacture of the plane’s huge GE engine; pilots' actions on the flight deck; the experiences of individual passengers before, during and after the crash; the rescue efforts. All these strands are twined together to relate the whole story. A story such as this is intrinsically riveting in a macabre sort of way. But it is also a story that must be told. It is a story of grief and suffering. It is a story of the hand of fate or the work of God. It is a story of survivors who lived while others died. It is a story of heroes. It is a story worth reading.

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CJMath
Oct 27, 2014

While it give accounts of the disaster, it is poorly written; the account jumps around chronologically and gives individual accounts in widely separated chapters, making the stories hard to follow. The author is also obviously not a pilot, and some of the terminology he uses is wrong. There are many better accounts of airplane crashes, and even though this crash is inherently interesting, the author succeeds is making it confusing and even boring in spots. The author should have spoken to more knowledgeable people. He also doesn't seem to have any knowledge of the accident investigation process; Gonzales account is unbalanced and inaccurate. If you read this book, I hope you will pay more attention to the safety briefings when you fly, and be prepared for an accident.

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noluckboston
Aug 04, 2014

One of the best books I have read on an aviation disaster!

The author gives many first hand accounts from the 184 survivors. He also gives background information on those who did not survive. The dept of research is astonishing.

The books is nicely written with survivor accounts, those who perished and the technical information all intertwined in a tight narrative.

A must read!

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Aug 04, 2014

noluckboston thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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