Aviation disasters (3rd edition)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 June 2000




Gero, D. (2000), "Aviation disasters (3rd edition)", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 72 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/aeat.2000.12772cae.001



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Aviation disasters (3rd edition)

Aviation Disasters (3rd edition): The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes since 1950

David GeroHaynes288pp. (hardback)ISBN: 1852606029£19.99

Keywords Publication, Aviation

When this book, the first detailed commercial reference work on civil aviation disasters, was originally published in 1993, it was an immediate bestseller. Meticulously researched and supported with pictures from all over the world, it covered the period from 1950 to 1992, recording air calamities of every type - those caused by bad weather, mechanical failure, pilot error, inhospitable terrain and hostile action.

This third edition now brings the record right up to date to include all major accidents to have occurred during the twentieth century. It also revises existing material where new facts have emerged, including additional information on disasters where final reports have been released since the publication of the previous edition.

Each entry gives the date of the disaster together with the location, operator, aircraft type and registration, cause if known, and available details surrounding the crash.

The book covers high profile catastrophes such as the Valujet DC-9 disaster, the shooting down of Flight 007 by Soviet fighters, the Lockerbie tragedy, TWA Flight 800 and the loss of the EgyptAir Boeing 767, but also featured are a host of others no less painful for being largely lost now to history. It brings out a positive side to the disasters too, however. Many of the sophisticated control, navigational and safety aids now available to airlines have resulted from the recommendations of investigating boards examining the events described here.

David Gero, a resident of California and a television director with a lifetime interest in aeronautics, has collected reports of air crashes since the age of 13. The material for this book came via a number of sources around the world.

Details available from: Haynes Publishing. Tel: +44 (0) 1963 440635; E-mail sales@haynes-manuals.co.uk

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