• The Crash Detectives

  • Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters
  • By: Christine Negroni
  • Narrated by: Christine Negroni
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (271 ratings)

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The Crash Detectives

By: Christine Negroni
Narrated by: Christine Negroni
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Publisher's summary

New York Times Best Seller

“Negroni is a talented aviation journalist who clearly understands the critically important part the human factor plays in aviation safety.” (Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson)

A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines fail - leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to MH370 - and how the lessons learned from these accidents have made flying safer.

In The Crash Detectives, veteran aviation journalist and air safety investigator Christine Negroni takes us inside crash investigations from the early days of the jet age to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As Negroni dissects what happened and why, she explores their common themes and, most important, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation, and airplane design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster. Along the way, she also details some miraculous saves, when quick-thinking pilots averted catastrophe and kept hundreds of people alive.

Tying in aviation science, performance psychology, and extensive interviews with pilots, engineers, human factors specialists, crash survivors, and others involved in accidents all over the world, The Crash Detectives is an alternately terrifying and inspiring book that might just cure your fear of flying, and will definitely make you a more informed passenger.

“Christine Negroni combines her investigative reporting skills with an understanding of the complexities of air accident investigations to bring to life some of history’s most intriguing and heartbreaking cases.” (Bob Woodruff, ABC News)

©2016 Christine Negroni (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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  • Categories: History

Critic reviews

"Fascinating.... For all the horror stories in The Crash Detectives, the reasonable reader will leave the book more sanguine about modern commercial airline travel than before." (Edward Kosner, The Wall Street Journal)

"[The Crash Detectives] will bolster your knowledge of the mysteries of air travel.... Aviation journalist Christine Negroni uncovers behind-the-scenes stories of the industry’s most famous heroic saves, catastrophes and mysteries." (The Wall Street Journal - Books Every Geek Should Read This Fall)

"Christine Negroni is a talented aviation journalist who clearly understands the critically important part the human factor plays in aviation safety. She 'gets it'." (Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways 1549, the "Miracle on the Hudson")