The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters

Christine Negroni (Deadly Departure) is an aviation journalist and air safety investigator with years of experience. In The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters, she uses her expertise to primarily analyze Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has mystified pilots, investigators and journalists alike since it vanished on March 8, 2014, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members presumably still aboard.

Debunking far-fetched conspiracy theories and using countless other flights as examples, Negroni explains her theory that hypoxia could have caused the strange events of March 8, when the flight veered drastically off course, and that tiny mechanical errors could have led to the oxygen deficient conditions. Citing flights from Greece to Hawaii, and her own experiences in a hypoxia simulation, Negroni shows how a lack of oxygen leads to giddiness, poor decision making and a rapid deterioration of physical and mental abilities.

While not quite as exciting as its title would lead one to think it is, The Crash Detectives is nevertheless fascinating. Negroni analyzes flights from the 1930s all the way up to Flight 370, detailing incidents involving bad weather, mechanical failure and other crazy circumstances that can happen in midair. Full of meticulous research and fascinating anecdotes, it is the perfect light nonfiction to read anywhere (except, perhaps, on an airplane). A captivating blend of history, science and real-life mystery, The Crash Detectives is sure to find a wide audience. --Jessica Howard, blogger at Quirky Bookworm

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