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Air Disasters
The Flight 981 Disaster
Tragedy, Treachery, and the Pursuit of Truth
By (author): Samme Chittum
9781588346032 Hardcover English General Trade TRANSPORTATION / Aviation / History Oct 03, 2017
$33.95 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 x 1 in 240 pages Smithsonian Books
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.

Series Overview: The Smithsonian Air Disasters series explores the most devastating plane crashes in the history of commercial aviation. Each volume presents not only the scenario and circumstances surrounding the crash and its immediate aftermath, but also the quest to investigate the causes, as well as the ongoing implementation of security and safety regulations to prevent them from happening again.

MILE-HIGH MYSTERY: Chittum brings readers inside the high-stakes investigation and enigma surrounding the crash, keeping them guessing as this historical mystery unspools.

TRUE STORY: The definitive account of this historic crash, based on official reports, cockpit recordings, and eyewitness accounts.

TIE-IN TO THE SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL SERIES: Cross-promotion and targeted advertising to fans of the Smithsonian Channel’s Air Disasters television series, which has won numerous awards, including a Canadian Screen Award and a Gemini Award.

SAMME CHITTUM is a narrative journalist and Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship recipient who explores the intersection of current events and history. Her work has been published by the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and the Village Voice.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Findlay, IL

Marketing: Outreach to major aviation, engineering, transportation, and history sites and organizations



Publicity: National media publicity campaign

National radio tour

Blog and social media outreach

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“This is a stunning narrative of an airline disaster narrowly averted and an aircraft maker’s attempt to cover up a fatal flaw.”
—Ashley Halsey III, transportation writer, Washington Post
 
“Samme Chittum has written a captivating account of an air disaster that, while nearly fifty years old, remains a shocking object lesson for commercial aviation as it enters its second century. The Flight 981 Disaster is a compelling story of greed, lies, hubris, and persistence—an American tragedy that even Euripides could not have made up.”
—Christine Negroni, author, The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters
 
“Journalist Chittum debuts with a new work in the Smithsonian Air Disasters series, a companion to the titular show on the Smithsonian Channel. The narrative focuses on two aviation disasters involving DC-10 airliners: one in June 1972 outside of Detroit and the other in March 1974, which crashed in a forest in France and left no survivors.[…] Chittum has done her research, presenting a good amount of information in a relatively brief work.[…] Fans of the series and readers interested in aviation disasters will enjoy the book.”
Library Journal
 
“Not only has Chittum created a page-turner with suspenseful, harrowing stories of an air disaster, she also educates readers about the detective work necessary in every air crash investigation. In a book with clear heroes and villains, she emphasizes the high stakes of the struggle between the two by describing the plight of victims and their families. Among the characters who emerge as heroes are journalists, whose investigations surely helped avoid another catastrophe.”
—Linda Shiner, editor, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine

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