The Tragic Story of Pan American Flight 806
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The investigation into the crash of Pan American Flight 806 was the longest and most expensive trial in aviation history. In this careful reconstruction of what went wrong, Norris explores the consequences both personal and public.
Discover the truth about the crash that never should have happened. In 1974, Pan American Flight 806 was hoping to land safely in Pago Pago, Samoa, but instead plummeted at 140 miles per hour into the jungle floor. The 101 passengers and crew members all survived this devastating crash. Unfortunately, only four of them escaped the wreckage before the ensuing fire that followed. After the disaster, Pan American was found guilty of “willful misconduct” after the longest and most expensive trial in aviation history. William Norris sets out to discover the truth about the controversies surrounding the accident. What caused the crash, and what prevented the 97 passengers from escaping the aircraft with their lives? Among these questions, Norris discovers more answers to other mysteries about this devastating event and its trial along the way. A gripping tale of courtroom drama, fascinating characters, and human tragedy.