On a Wing and a Prayer: Interviews with Airline Disaster Survivors

On a Wing and a Prayer Interviews with Airline Disaster Survivors I told myself Don t panic You can get out I believed that my positive thinking helped me to survive I did not panic I did not want to die and I intended to do everything necessary to prevent it I de

  • Title: On a Wing and a Prayer: Interviews with Airline Disaster Survivors
  • Author: Malcolm MacPherson
  • ISBN: 9780060959784
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • I told myself, Don t panic You can get out I believed that my positive thinking helped me to survive I did not panic I did not want to die, and I intended to do everything necessary to prevent it I decided that if I was going to die, then it was God s will Female, age forty four, seat 19DCharlotte, North Carolina, July 2, 1994, USAir flight 1016From the edit I told myself, Don t panic You can get out I believed that my positive thinking helped me to survive I did not panic I did not want to die, and I intended to do everything necessary to prevent it I decided that if I was going to die, then it was God s will Female, age forty four, seat 19DCharlotte, North Carolina, July 2, 1994, USAir flight 1016From the editor of the cult classic The Black Box, here are fifteen riveting accounts of air disasters in which passengers tell in their own words how they faced the ultimate test of survival Drawn from the National Transportation Safety Board s NTSB own postincident interviews with disaster survivors, these case studies of what happened during total emergencies will leave readers with an indelible image of personal courage and of the indomitable will to survive Flight crews, mothers, business travelers, and others reveal in these detailed interviews what they thought, felt, and did from their first awareness of danger to preparing for impact, to their struggle to escape and help others to survive Their incredible recollections of those harrowing moments are interspersed in synchronized time with excerpts from cockpit voice recorders that chronicle the cockpit crews valiant efforts to bring the aircraft home safely.What did these survivors do, consciously or not, to increase their survival odds through a nightmare of darkness, fire, smoke, and twisted debris How did they handle their fear Gripping as only real life stories can be, On a Wing and a Prayer lets readers experience the crisis and eventual triumph through the eyes, ears, and emotions of the people who lived to tell the tale.

    One thought on “On a Wing and a Prayer: Interviews with Airline Disaster Survivors”

    1. I thought this would be more stories similar to 9/11 stories, reading what people did before they got on the plane, where they were going, why, what their life was like after living through a crash, etc but it was mostly simplified NTSB reports with short interviews with flight attendants, passengers and witnesses about the moment of the crash. I feel horrible for the people that died and am glad that many people made it off alive after these crashes, but the format of the book wasn't what I exp [...]

    2. It was a pretty interesting look at people's reactions in near death situations. not as in depth as I would have liked. Needs a better introductions and conclusions telling you a little more about what happened to the flight.

    3. Whilst it was interesting to read people's first hand experiences of surviving airplane accidents, this book could have been so much more. A very brief and basic summary was given of each case, with transcripts of cockpit conversations among crew, and some passenger and ground eye witness reports. There was not much after-the-fact detail given of the circumstances of each accident, and so it often and quickly became confusing, trying to follow what happened in each case. And each story ended ver [...]

    4. Interesting, but the stories cut off rather abruptly with no closure at the end of each chapter. A quick read.

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