35 Miles from Shore

35 Miles from Shore

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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.Both fuel studies indicated that the plane should have had just over 2, 100 pounds of fuel at the initiation of the climb from the ... ONA claimed that all pilots and navigators also received an update to their operations manual that explained theanbsp;...


Title:35 Miles from Shore
Author: Emilio Corsetti III
Publisher:Odyssey Publishing, LLC - 2008-04-01
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