35 Miles from Shore
The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980
On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with 57 passengers and a crew of six departed from New York’s JFK International Airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten, but four hours and 34 minutes later the flight ended in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It was, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. The subsequent rescue of survivors took nearly three hours and involved the coast guard, navy, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what was happening inside the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters as the crews struggled against the weather and dwindling daylight to rescue the survivors, who had only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat.
Praise For 35 Miles from Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980…
"A wonderful book. It's like reading a fine novel except it's all true. For aviation people it is also a valuable safety lesson." —Bob Buck, author, North Star Over My Shoulder
"The most astounding nonfiction book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Extremely detailed, well researched and action packed, this book is a don't put down book until it's finished, Wow!!" —frontstreet reviews.com
"This gripping account of a tragedy, with heroes galore, is mesmerizing reading." —newbookreviews.org
Odyssey Publishing, LLC, 9780977897100, 352pp.
Publication Date: April 28, 2008