35 Miles from Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of Alm Flight 980
- Author: Emilio Corsetti III
- Publisher: ODYSSEY PUBLICATIONS
- Published: April 2008
- ISBN-10: 0977897109
- ISBN-13: 9780977897100
- Format: Paperback
- Size: 5.75 X 0.75 X 8.75
- Weight: 1 lbs.
- Copyright: 2008
- Subject: TRANSPORTATION / Aviation / History
Experienced pilot/writer Corsetti begins with two airline CEOs eager to capitalize on a burgeoning leisure travel market. A small Caribbean company, ALM, hoped to establish a route between St. Maarten and New York but, lacking long-distance planes, reached an agreement with Overseas National Airways (ONA) to provide the planes (DC-9s) and crews. Regular service, on a route acknowledged to be perilously close to the maximum range of the planes, commenced in January 1970 without the planned installation of auxiliary fuel tanks. On May 2, 1970, ALM 980 departed New York for St. Maarten with 57 passengers and a crew of six. Shrouded in rain squalls, the flight was diverted to San Juan, Puerto Rico, but an erroneous report of a break in the weather over St. Maarten caused the captain, his plane low on fuel, to make the tragic decision to return and land at St. Maarten. After three blown landing attempts, the plane had to ditch 35 miles from shore, and 23 of the passengers and crew perished. This well-researched, fast-paced study vividly re-creates the chain of errors that resulted in the catastrophe, the harrowing rescue missions, and the mixed effects of the tragedy on the subsequent lives of the crew, survivors, and rescuers. Recommended for all aeronautical collections and major libraries.—John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Cleveland[Page 90]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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