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In August 1995, twenty-six passengers and a workforce of 3 board a commuter aircraft in Atlanta headed for Gulfport, Mississippi. presently after takeoff they pay attention an explosion and, looking the home windows at the left aspect, see a mangled engine lodged opposed to the wing. From that second, 9 mins and twenty seconds elapse till the crippled aircraft crashes in a west Georgia hayfield--nine mins and twenty seconds during which Gary Pomerantz takes readers deep into the hearts and minds of the folks aboard, each one of whom prepares in his or her personal means for what could come.
Ultimately, nineteen humans live to tell the tale either the crash and its devastating aftermath, them all profoundly plagued by what they've got visible and, extra very important, what they've got performed to assist themselves and others.
This isn't really lots a ebook a few airplane crash because it is a psychologically illuminating real-life drama approximately traditional humans and the way they behave in amazing situations. each one folks has puzzled what we might do to outlive a life-threatening scenario: could I continue to exist? How could I behavior myself--would I act to avoid wasting others in want or merely myself? may others attempt to keep me? How may I be suffering from the event? Judging by way of what's printed in 9 mins, Twenty Seconds, the solutions are strangely optimistic.
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B-17 of the Eighth Air Force came to a sad end in Lake Constance, Switzerland on 16 Mar 1944. One of the crew was killed in action. The aircraft was raised from the lake in 1953. , 11th Bomb Grp. sports claims for seven Japanese fighters. The 11th Group served with both the Seventh and Thirteenth Air Forces. ABOVE: A B-17F, Serial No. , Fifth Air Force. LISTEN HERE TOJO was lost with all her crew in New Guinea on 15 Sept. 1943. BELOW: A pair of B-17s of the 99th Bomb Grp. over the Italian Alps in 1944.
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