35 Miles from Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of Alm Flight 980

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Odyssey Publishing, LLC, Apr 1, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 352 pages
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On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with 57 passengers and a crew of six departed from New York's JFK International Airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten, but four hours and 34 minutes later the flight ended in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It was, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. The subsequent rescue of survivors took nearly three hours and involved the coast guard, navy, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what was happening inside the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters as the crews struggled against the weather and dwindling daylight to rescue the survivors, who had only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat.
 

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User Review  - katlb82 - LibraryThing

Ok ok, fear of flying girl reads a book about an airplane crash. Smart move. I don’t even remember when or where I brought this book, but when I was looking for my next book to read I decided to start ... Read full review

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User Review  - mcmtanyel - LibraryThing

The title is very descriptive. It tells the story of the ditching of ALM flight 980 and the rescue of the survivors. I don't know why the author waited 38 years to publish this story. However, I found ... Read full review

Contents

The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Prologue
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Part One PREFLIGHT
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Part Two LAST FLIGHT OF THE CARIB QUEEN
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Part Three POSTFLIGHT
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Epilogue
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Endnotes
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Sources
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Credits
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 Acknowledgments
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The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 About the Author
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