When an aircraft crashes it is usually pretty clear at once from initial reports what has happened: "It hit the ground two miles before therunway", "It crashed in bad weather" or "It hit a mountain". Howeverfinding out why the aircraft crashed and trying to learn from the eventis quite another matter.John Farley OBE, Author of View from the Hover: My Life in Aviation.
To even the most experienced investigator the causes can initiallyseem a mystery and there is so much information that has to be analysedthat most of us would wonder where on earth to start. The debris, airtraffic messages, eyewitnesses, the engineering history of the aircraft, the crew background and experience, and so on, are all things thatcould matter - but where are the vital clues to be found?
The author has done a remarkable job in not only researching theevidence of the accidents she covers and in putting across the problemsof an investigation, but she has managed to do this in a way that willinterest and appeal to a wide range of readers.
"For those aviation enthusiasts that wish to delve beyond thesensationalist headlines on aviation accidents Sylvia Spruck Wrigley's"Why Planes Crash" will satisfy their needs. Informative, critical andinsightful."
~HAL STOEN, STOENWORKS AVIATION
About the Author
* Her non-fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Piper Flyer and Forbes.
* She's appeared as an aviation expert for the Discovery Channelseries Air Crash Confidential (Series 2, Episodes 3 and 5), the RussianChannel 1 news, French Channel M6 Disparition du vol MH370 and ntv.ruCentral Television program.
* Her website (fearoflanding.com) received 145,000 visits in 2014.
* You Fly Like a Woman, her short memoir about learning to fly, was based on Fear of Landing and released in December 2011.
Her series, Why Planes Crash, launched in May 2013. The first book of theseries covers eleven accidents and incidents in 2001, including thedisastrous runway incursion at Linate, the near-miss over Tokyo, theAvjet crash at Aspen, the Twin Towers and American Airlines Flight 587disintegrating over Queens.
Her latest book covers an interesting collection of aviation incidents in 2002. It includes instructions asto how to write off a Saab 2000, collects the few details availableabout the Skynyliv airshow disaster, as well as covering two in-flightsuicides, a runway collision and an in-depth analysis of the Überlingenmid-air collision.