Swissair Down: A Pilot's View of the Crash at Peggy's Cove

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Every disaster has its own cause and its own effects. Undoubtedly, the effects of the September 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111 into the unforgiving waters off Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia—killing all 229 people on board—has had tremendous personal consequences. The purpose of this book, though, is to reach back to events leading up to the crash, in order to discover what caused the worst disaster in Canada’s aviation history: to find out why, in 16 terrifying minutes, a state-of-the-art jetliner lost all navigational aids; and why, when only minutes away from Halifax International Airport, it turned back out to sea.

There were no survivors of Swissair 111 to describe what happened and almost nothing larger than hand-sized pieces from which to reconstruct the accident. But author and pilot Don Ledger carefully re-creates what took place in the cockpit of the stricken airliner, describing each link in a disastrous chain of events. With clarity, depth, and respect for all those involved, Swissair Down takes us from the pilot’s first distress call to the moment—16 minutes later—when the aircraft hit the sea and exploded, from recovery efforts aboard local fishing boats to a high-tech military search, and from the shocking complacency of the airline industry to our future safety as passengers.

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Don Ledger is a private pilot and aircraft owner with 20 years experience and over one thousand hours of fling time. A former Zone Commander for the Halifax District’s Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, Ledger is also past president and current editor for the Stanley Sport Aviation Association. He is a member of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and the US Experimental Aircraft Association. A coordinator at Legislative Television, Ledger spends his spare time flying and writing. Swissair Down is his third book.

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