It was May 2, 1970. A DC-9 with 57 passengers and a crew of 6 left New York en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten. They never made it to their destination. Instead, the passengers and crew were thrust into a life and death battle for survival as their plane ran out of fuel and was forced to ditch in the Caribbean Sea.
Here is the blogtalk radio interview I did today with Gailen David, who also happens to be a flight attendant for American Airlines. Gailen is an author himself. You can find out more about him and his book Jetiquette…The Customer Experience and You at www.skysteward.com.
I’ll be doing a BlogTalk radio show tomorrow with host Gailen David starting at 1:00 pm EST. We’ll be talking about the upcoming anniversary of the Hudson ditching and how the events that took place in 1970 in the Caribbean had an impact on the outcome of Flight 1549. The radio show will be available as a podcast after the show.
Yesterday I was invited to participate in a local author event at the library. It’s always good to get out and do some promotion. Below are a few photos taken at the event.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the MSNBC documentary Why Planes Crash: Brace for Impact, here’s a very good clip about the ALM ditching.
I was recently interviewed for a one hour documentary on aircraft ditchings that will be aired on MSNBC in July. The story of ALM flight 980 will be told as part of the overall story.
35 Miles From Shore takes Honorable Mention.
My book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 is a finalist in the Redaerviews.com 2008 literary awards competition. My book was nominated in the Nonfiction/History category. Click here for a complete listing of the finalists.
The ditching of the A320 in New York has drawn attention to the story I tell in 35 Miles From Shore. I’ve had reporters actually calling me
I will be giving a slide show presentation at the Medina County District Library at 210 south Broadway, Medina, OH this Tuesday, September 30 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
I will be giving a slideshow presentation in Pensacola, Florida at the West Florida Public Library on September 19 starting at 4:30 pm.
I’ll be doing a live radio show this Sunday August 24 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT. Joining me on the program will be former captain Balset DeWitt and John Barber, who was a crew chief aboard one of the marine helicopters.
Here are some photos taken on my recent Caribbean trip. Feel free to right click and save for high resolution copies.
One of the cool things for Balsy and me during our visit was being recognized. More than a few people came up to us during our stay to say that they had seen us on TV or in the paper.