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.
“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.”
“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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