Forty years ago today ALM Flight 980 made aviation history

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.

My recent interview on BlogTalk radio

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

The Sky Steward Radio Show

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.

St. Louis Library Event

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.

Why Planes Crash (a clip from the MSNBC documentary)

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.

NBC Documentary on Aircraft Ditchings

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 receives an honorable mention in the Reader’s Choice Literary Awards

35 Miles From Shore takes Honorable Mention.

35 Miles From Shore is a finalist in an award competition

My book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 is a finalist in the 2008 literary awards competition. My book was nominated in the Nonfiction/History category. Click here for a complete listing of the finalists.

US Airways Ditching

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

Coming to Cleveland

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.

Coming to Pensacola

I will be giving a slideshow presentation in Pensacola, Florida at the West Florida Public Library on September 19 starting at 4:30 pm.

Radio Show This Sunday August 24

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.

Caribbean Visit Part 3 Photos

Here are some photos taken on my recent Caribbean trip. Feel free to right click and save for high resolution copies.

Caribbean Visit Part 2

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.

Caribbean Visit Part 1

Earlier this month I was invited to Aruba to give the slideshow presentation. Joining me was Balsey (the captain on ALM Flight 980) and his wife Edith.