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Final Destination: Disaster: What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines Hardcover – October 1, 2014
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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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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.
I highly recommend this factual account of how this huge successful airline was torn apart. Anyone wanting a career in this industry or is a fan of airlines would want to read this book. I recommend it as very informative and as such,required reading.
Although Mr. Jehn's first book was a novel entitled " Flying Too Close to the Sun" I enjoyed reading that book also.
Then to discover from an Jewish Senior VP that Borman did not associate with " his kind of people", after personally knowing this man who I had greatest respect, validated my opinion of Borman the man. The book details the lack of leadership displayed by top leaders of Eastern. There is unexplained ( at least not enough) Eastern involvement with drugs and money laundering which would have had to be known to President/ Chairman of Board. In summary one man's greed and hubris left 55,000 employees without jobs that they had dedicated their lives to for untold years. This review was written by one of "Eddies boys" which any long time Eastern A & P knows what that means.