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A Novel Catastrophe: Flight 232, Laurence Gonzales

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Join Arlington County Office of Emergency Management staff in our lively, bi-monthly book discussion. This month we'll discuss Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds, a True Story of Tragedy & Triumph, by Gary M. Pomerantz.

Flight 232 Twenty-five years after the catastrophy, a dramatic and extraordinarily rare 360-degree view of the crash of a fully-loaded jumbo jet.

As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn't move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. Miraculously, 184 or 296 passengers lived. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales captures the harrowing journey of pilots flying a plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as they pray with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others.

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