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Title:
The black box : all-new cockpit voice recorder accounts of in-flight accidents
Author:
MacPherson, Malcolm.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xiv, 190 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780688158927
Format :
Book

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Central Library TL553.5 .B523 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Readers join desperate pilots in the cockpit as they fight gravity and time in a plane that's falling out of the sky.

Anyone who watches the news knows about the "black box." Officially called the cockpit voice recorder, the black box (which is actually Day-glo orange) records the final moments of any in-flight accident. Often it provides the only explanation of a crash -- inevitably, it provides a heart-breaking, second-by-second account of intense fear tempered by unyielding professionalism.

This 1984 Quill title has been completely updated to include twenty-eight new incidents occurring between 1978 and 1996. Some are famous, like the 1996 Valujet crash in the Everglades and the ill-fated launch of the space shuttle Challenger; other disasters range from commuter prop aircraft to jumbo airliners and a pair of Air Force planes. Few have ever been revealed in their entirety, each, without exception, is absolutely gripping.

In this new edition, editor Malcolm MacPherson has, wherever possible, added weather notes and descriptions of events in the cockpit and cabin, heightening our vivid sense of being there during the final moments. Provided by the National Transportation Safety Board and vetted by an experienced airline captain, these are unforgettable case studies in ultimate emergency -- authentic, immediate, filled with drama, terror, human frailty and error, and unquenchable courage.


Author Notes

Journalist and author Malcolm MacPherson was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. At 11, he survived a car accident that killed his parents and was raised by relatives. He graduated from Trinity College in 1965 and served in the Marine Corps. He became a correspondent for Newsweek, where he covered numerous wars and conflicts including the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey and the Arab-Israeli war of 1973. He left the magazine in 1978 in order to become a full-time author. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction books including The Lucifer Key (1981), The Blood of His Servants (1984), In Cahoots (1994), Roberts Ridge (2005), and Hocus Potus (2007). He also did free-lance work for Time magazine. He died of a heart attack on January 17, 2009 at the age of 65.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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