ISBN-10:
0801886317
ISBN-13:
9780801886317
Pub. Date:
01/31/2008
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes

Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes

by George BibelGeorge Bibel
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Overview

The black box is orange—and there are actually two of them. They house the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, instruments vital to airplane crash analyses.

But accident investigators cannot rely on the black boxes alone. Beginning with the 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed legendary football coach Knute Rockne, this fascinating book provides a behind-the-scenes look at plane wreck investigations. Professor George Bibel shows how forensic experts, scientists, and engineers analyze factors like impact, debris, loading, fire patterns, metallurgy, fracture, crash testing, and human tolerances to determine why planes fall from the sky—and how the information gleaned from accident reconstruction is incorporated into aircraft design and operation to keep commercial aviation as safe as possible.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Steven D. Levitt

"A fascinating book."

New Scientist - Paul Marks

"Bibel takes the reader, chattily and with skill, through his analysis of a series of fatal accidents."

Choice

"The author succeeds in both science and storytelling."

National Science Teachers Association - Charles K. Jervis

"The author does a first-rate job... The easy-to-read and engaging manner of the writing makes this an interesting historical as well as scientific text."

Discover

"Terrific book."

Air Safety Week

"Beyond the Black Box provides a behind-the-scenes look at plane crash investigations."

Virginia Quarterly Review - Don Fry

"Bibel takes responsibility for his readers' understanding... using similes based on everyday events and objects."

Virginia Quarterly Review

Bibel takes responsibility for his readers' understanding... using similes based on everyday events and objects.

— Don Fry

NSTA Recommends

The easy-to-read and engaging manner of the writing makes this an interesting historical as well as scientific text.

— Charles K. Jervis

New York Times

A fascinating book.

— Steven D. Levitt

New Scientist

Bibel takes the reader, chattily and with skill, through his analysis of a series of fatal accidents.

— Paul Marks

National Science Teachers Association

The author does a first-rate job... The easy-to-read and engaging manner of the writing makes this an interesting historical as well as scientific text.

— Charles K. Jervis

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801886317
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/31/2008
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 554,820
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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