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Exit row : the true story of an emergency volunteer, a miraculous survivor and the crash of flight 965
Kling, Tammy L.
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Publication Information:
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 231 pages ; 24 cm
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TL553.53.C7 K58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Exit Row" tells the story of what happens behind the scenes when an airplane crashes. It is the true, dramatic account of an Emergency Response Team's operations immediately following the crash of American Airlines flight 965, which left Miami with 155 passengers filled with Yuletide joy, six flight attendants and two pilots.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Former American Airlines employee Kling (Searching for a Piece of My Soul) recounts her experiences leading an Emergency Response Team -composed of ordinary American Airlines employees from all departments-that reported to Colombia in 1995 after the crash of a passenger jet in the mountains near Cali. Their goal was to help families and the airline cope with the tragedy. Kling's dramatic account takes the reader through the confusing first days after the crash: the shock of the victims' families, the reporters swarming around the airport and posing as family members to get information about the flight, the tension and awkwardness of her conversations with grieving families and the unlikely stories of the four survivors. She eventually forms a friendship with one of the survivors, Mercedes Ramirez, who lost both parents in the crash, and describes Ramirez's slow coming to terms with the tragedy. Kling explains the comprehensive plans that airlines have for such situations, but also offers a critique of the ERT program, which relies on volunteers rather than trained psychologists for grief counseling. Nervous passengers may also appreciate Kling's final chapter of advice about "flying smart," though she admits that survival is ultimately a matter of luck. (On sale Nov. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

On December 20, 1995, American Airlines Flight 965 from Miami to Cali, Colombia, was just minutes away from landing when it crashed in the jungle. Kling (Searching for a Piece of My Soul) was an Emergency Response Team leader for American Airlines, and here she gives detailed information about the procedures an airline puts in place in the case of a crash. The author also relates her personal story of befriending one of the four crash survivors and how the entire experience has affected her life. Kling includes an afterword entitled "Flying Smart: Increasing Your Chances for Survival." A well-written, moving story with a unique perspective. Recommended for all public libraries. Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.