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The Flight 981 Disaster: Tragedy, Treachery, and the Pursuit of Truth

Authors: Chittum, Samme
Series: Air Disasters
Publisher: Smithsonian
BISAC/Subject: TEC017000, TRA002010, TRA002040
ISBN: 9781588346049, Related ISBNs: 158834603X, 1588346048, 9781588346032, 9781588346049
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 240,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: On June 12, 1972, a powerful explosion rocked American Airlines Flight 96 a mere five minutes after its takeoff from Detroit. The explosion ripped a gaping hole in the bottom of the aircraft and jammed the hydraulic controls. Miraculously, despite the damage and ensuing chaos, the pilots were able to land the plane safely. Less than two years later, on March 3, 1974, a sudden, forceful blowout tore through Turk Hava Yollari (THY) Flight 981 from Paris to London. THY Flight 981 was not as lucky as Flight 96; it crashed in a forest in France, and none of the 346 people onboard survived. What caused the mysterious explosions? How were they linked? Could they have been prevented? The Flight 981 Disaster addresses these questions and many more, offering a fascinating insiders' look at two dramatic aviation disasters.

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