By Michael Crichton
From the writer of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes this remarkable mystery approximately airline safeguard, enterprise intrigue, and a perilous cover-up.
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At a second while the problem of safeguard and dying within the skies is paramount within the public brain, a deadly midair catastrophe aboard a advertisement twin-jet airliner flying from Hong Kong to Denver triggers a burdened and frantic research during which the best casualty could be the truth.
“A one-sitting learn that may reason a life of white-knuckled nightmares.”—The Philaelphia Inquirer
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“Dramatically vivid.”—The ny Times
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Two workmen broke away from the group around the crate, and started walking toward 46 Casey. One man was burly, wearing jeans and a red-checked work shirt. The other was taller, and wore a baseball cap. The man in the work shirt held a steel drill-press stanchion in his hand, swinging it at his side like a metal club. "Uh, Casey," Richman said. "I see them," she said. She was not going to get rattled by a couple of floor goons. The men walked steadily toward her. Suddenly a supervisor appeared in front of them, holding his clipboard, demanding the men show their badges.
Trying to get a disagree. " "What story? Casey? " "Yes," she said. " "Shit," Marder said. "... " "... " Marder glared at her. "Are you telling me it's the slats again? " "I don't know," Casey said. " "Christ. " "Screw him," Burne said. "This captain changes his story every five minutes. Tells Traffic Control he's got turbulence, tells the stewardess he's got slats. Right now I bet he's telling the carrier a whole different story. " "It's obviously slats," Marder said. "No, it's not," Bume said.
The CVR, the cockpit voice recorder, was essentially a very sturdy tape deck; it recorded the last half hour of cockpit conversation on a continuous loop of magnetic tape. Then there was the DFDR, the digital flight data recorder, which stored details of the behavior of the airplane, so that investigators could discover what had happened after an accident But this image of an aircraft, Casey explained, was inaccurate for a large commercial transport. Commercial jets had very few pulleys and levers—indeed, few mechanical systems of any sort.
Airframe by Michael Crichton