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Winner of the prestigious Cecil A. Brownlow Publication Award for 2014, awarded by the Flight Safety Foundation, for significant contributions by journalists to aviation safety awareness, this is a true story. All the incidents and events depicted herein, are dramatizations of actual events that have occurred and are based on official investigation reports issued by the relevant government authorities for information, and use of the public. Information about the flight IX812, Air India, Air India Express, Airports Authority of India, DGCA and Mangalore Airport was obtained through a series of petitions filed under the Right to Information Act. Some names have been modified to protect the concerned individual’s privacy, however, neither the events, nor their dates have been modified.
This is a book that has something for everybody. To a reader of fiction, it presents an exciting, fast paced story. To managers in any high-risk industry, it provides professional knowledge and case studies that help focus attention on what needs to be done in order to remain safe. To an air traveler, it furbishes information that one must look for while selecting a carrier, by providing information on how to detect a carrier’s lack of Safety Risk Management. To an employee in the aviation industry it presents the importance of each, seemingly minor and innocuous task of aviation safety. To the average citizen, it provides questions that must be asked of their elected political representatives and civil servants in order to improve the safety performance of airlines and airports; services whose use cannot be avoided in the modern world. To the politicians and civil servants that regulate these services, it offers information that is at once insightful and relevant to their day-to-day work. This information is vital to their delivery of a good service; something that they sincerely want to, yet many do not know how to!
The readers will be able to use the information contained herein to remain safe and ensure that accidents do not happen, but only remain waiting, “Waiting … To Happen!”
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Re: Waiting...To Happen!
An excellent book. Entertaining and informative. From the very beginning it is apparent that there has been extensive research into writing this book. While the book covers a lot of old ground in human factors,it does so with a laser focus on one of the most recent accidents in Indian aviation history. This book is a must read for all aviation professionals,enthusiasts,managers, regulators and, above all, bureaucrats. The indictment handed down to the aviation industry in India is severe and hard hitting. The author also highlights the role of management of safety by aviation operators. He does so by telling the story of obscure accidents which are lost in the noise of the bigger ones across the world.