Why Planes Crash

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mathgod on 26-04-15

Fascinatin evolution of a conscientious investigator

If you could sum up Why Planes Crash in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, informative, personal

What did you like best about this story?

This book is NOT really about plane crashes, per se, it is a story about one mans journey to make air travel safer. David Soucie is a flawed individual and does not tried to come off as anything else. Soucie is driven because of mistakes he personally have made and although he is the hero of the book (and does act heroically sometimes) he retains his humility throughout the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His investigation of the Hawaiian plane crash.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 13-02-15

Current Aviation Safety Inspector

I've been an Airworthiness ASI since 2009 working for the FAA, and I can't tell you in words how much this book has inspired me. I like you Mr. Soucie, aspire to make aviation safer. Even though I may not have your broad experiences and forward vision, I do everything within my ability to uphold our mutual core safety responsibilities and safety first mentality with management levels of the FAA and with the Part 121 Operator. It was a pleasure to read from the man whose hard work and participation creating the use of automated tools (ATOS, PTRS, SAS, and others), has given me the ability to do my job better. I myself have thought outside the box, by creating some of my own data sheets to glean more target specific information from databases, Airline reports, and other sources of information. I recommend this book to be read by every ASI in the FAA, or any other person, or entity that plays a role in aviation safety.

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5 out of 5 stars
By LookoutSF on 21-03-13

From the front lines of airplane safety

The author was trained or worked as an airplane or helicopter mechanic for several years before getting into flight safety full time. He describes the evolution of his awareness of flight safety and also the background of airplane crashes in which we was on the investigative team. If you are interested in airline safety or safety in general, this will be of interest to you. He does name names and complain about people in the industry, so he will make some enemies. He also seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder, but, if you can ignore that, this will be a fascinating read or listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fred Stellabotte on 05-06-18

Must Read for anyone who Travels by Air

Easy to listen to, not a dry technical approach to the subject. Its more of a autobiography about a man who has greatly impacted aviation safety, while taking some hard blows by people more interested in money then safety.
The narration is superb, the story is compelling, the only negative I can think of is the title of the book, which I fear will cause readers to think its a dry technical book.

If you fly, give it a try.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tim Fitzgerald on 28-11-16


Interesting but not what I expected. More of a bio on the authors work than a look at learning cause/ effect

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By Jose Luis Muniz on 08-12-16


Its an entertaining story that lacks the supported details for safety you expect from the title. Maybe thats why the author never got that far on the FAA.

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