Scapegoat; A Flight Crew's Journey from Heroes to Villains to Redemption.

Author:Prior, Katerie
Position:Book review

Emilio Corsetti III; SCAPEGOAT; Odyssey Publishing (Nonfiction: History) 27.95 ISBN: 9780997242102

Byline: Katerie Prior

This examination of a near plane crash shows that while people may fall, true heroes always work to rise again.

Emilio Corsetti III explores how quickly real-life heroes can be recast as villains, in Scapegoat, which follows a pilot who stops his plane from crashing.

TWA flight 841 was on a routine flight from New York to Minneapolis when the plane inexplicably took a nosedive. After Captain Harvey Gibson and his crew pulled the crippled plane out of the dive, mere feet from the ground, they were at first hailed as heroes. But then investigators discovered that the in-flight recordings were partially erased, and the crew was accused of covering up negligence. Gibson and his crew found themselves fighting misinformation and rumors, and stonewalling to clear their names.

Scapegoat is a taut, suspenseful history. The opening chapters prompt heart-pounding excitement as Corsetti describes the dive from the perspective of both the crew and the passengers. The book is enthralling throughout, even as it shifts from the near crash to the more mundane hearings and investigations that followed it.

The text is very detailed, its investigation leaving no stone unturned. It even provides the development history and schematics of the Boeing 727, with diagrams that explain the malfunction. Corsetti proves skilled at mining the investigation...

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