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Book details
  • SubGenre:Aviation / Commercial
  • Language:English
  • Pages:328
  • eBook ISBN:9781483507583

Flight 111

A Year in the Life of a Tragedy

by Stephen Kimber

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The crash of Swissair Flight 111 in 1998 remains one of the largest aviation accidents ever recorded. Two hundred and twenty nine people died, but there were many others whose lives changed forever: the friends and relatives of those killed, the dedicated volunteers and workers who helped with the search and investigation, the local residents who befriended the victims’ families and welcomed them into their homes. Award-winning writer Stephen Kimber has collected their stories, starting with the seemingly innocent events leading up to the fatal crash on September 2, 1998, the search for survivors, and, failing that, the search for answers. Kimber successfully combines these accounts in a lively, heart-wrenching style to provide a human face to one of the worst tragedies in Canadian history. This new edition includes an afterword with updated information from the investigation. Says the Ottawa Citizen: "Deftly recreates the events leading up to the crash, along with the aftermath, and puts a much-needed human face on the incident."
"Swissair 1-1-1 is declaring Pan Pan Pan. We have smoke in the cockpit." Seventeen minutes after the co-pilot's distress call, the Geneva-bound jet crashed into the Atlantic off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia just over an hour after leaving New York on September 2, 1998, killing all 229 people on board. Acclaimed journalist Stephen Kimber tells the moving story of the crash and its far-reaching human consequences. Kimber introduces us to a wide variety of people: from the victims and their families to the recovery teams, reporters, pathologists and investigators who searched desperately for answers. In a fast-paced and compelling style, Flight 111 traces the interconnected paths of the people whose fates were forever altered by what happened that night. Says the Ottawa Citizen: "Deftly recreates the events leading up to the crash, along with the aftermath, and puts a much-needed human face on the incident." This new edition includes an afterword with updated information from the investigation.
About the author

STEPHEN KIMBER is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. He is the author of nine books, including the novel, Reparations, and the bestselling nonfiction books, Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash and Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War. His most recent book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five, was long-listed for a Libris Award as the best Canadian nonfiction book in 2013, and was named the top nonfiction book at the East Coast Literary Awards. In 2016, the Spanish edition won a Reader's Choice Award as one of the top 10 best-selling books in Cuba. For more than thirty years, he taught journalism fulltime at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada. From 1996-2003, in 2007-08 and again in 2013-14, he served as Director of the School of Journalism. In 2013, he co-founded King’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program. Visit his website at

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