- Hardcover: 257 pages
- Publisher: Changing Lives Press (October 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989452964
- ISBN-13: 978-0989452960
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Final Destination: Disaster: What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines Hardcover – October 1, 2014
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About the Author
George Jehn is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. He flew as a pilot for Eastern Airlines for approximately eighteen years, from 1970 until 1988 on the Boeing 727, Douglas DC-9 and Airbus A-300 jets. He left Eastern to work for another large airline in 1988. During his time at Eastern, he spent six years as an elected pilot Representative from Eastern's New York pilot base and was simultaneously a six-year Member of the Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
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What George doesn't mention is the hundreds of millions of dollars Eastern had in outstanding borrowing, and, having seen one of the loan documents, I was mystified that EASTERN HAD TO MAINTAIN A CASH BALANCE OF EXACTLY THE AMOUNT OF THE LOAN IN THE BANK THAT ISSUED IT! All the time Borman was moaning about the million dollars a day in interest he was paying. At the same time, most of our fleet was already paid for, which was subsequently brought to light in the bankruptcy proceedings. Little wonder that lists of bank board members and EAL board members is fairly repetitive.
I and another pilot went all the way to the Supreme Court, without lawyers, in our fight to force Texas Air/Continental to live up to the Labor Protective Provisions they had signed. The Bankruptcy courts have no jurisdiction over Railway Labor Act, but they ruled in favor of the companies every time, (in the Eastern case), not only abrogating contracts, but also giving employees' retirement pay away to them. By the time, five years later, the Court refused to hear our case, even a dumb pilot like me knew the fix was in.
Having proved the strategy, nearly every big corporation in America has used it to rob their stockholders and disenfranchise their employees. This is now the model of American business, and why, unless you are a one-percenter in on the scam, your standard of living is declining. Eastern's story is YOUR story.
As the saying goes "Time heals",but time can also make you "forget". I believe in this instance this is the case.I was saddened by the facts the author brought forward. How haunting this must have been for George Jehn to live his life knowing and holding in all this truth.
I always wondered why an accident of this magnitude had so many loose ends with no conclusions.I cant imagine the pain and anguish of the employees and their families by the decisions made by the people running the airline.
This book is a testament for the people who lost their jobs and lives.I feel this book is a case of "Mans inhumanity to Man".
I one day hope this story can be told on the big screen,for all to see what happened to one of the largest airlines in the world.The damage that was done to the families,employees and all who were touched and paid so dearly.
The book describes several events seemingly unrelated to the corporate intrigue, including the January 1985 crash of Eastern Flight 980 in the Andes Mountains at 19,600 feet --- the highest crash site in aviation history. The author provides all the relevant theories, as well as his own conclusions based on exhaustive interviews and research. He weaves all of these events together, with a compelling argument to make his case.
While the events described in the book are serious, affecting the lives of forty thousand airline employees, “Final Destination Disaster: What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines”, is a non-stop thrill ride.