New Book Reveals How Aviation Crashes are Investigated and What Goes on Behind the Scenes to Improve Air Safety

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Dr. Alan Diehl presents an insider’s account of how events actually unfolded in the organizations responsible for protecting everyone who flies.

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The U.S. major airlines recently passed an almost unbelievable milestone – literally going a full decade without a single passenger dying in a crash. Other segments of aviation, including the regional carriers, general aviation, and the military have made significant, albeit less dramatic, improvements in recent years. But whenever a crash occurs air safety investigators are dispatched to discover why it happened and to recommend countermeasures for preventing future tragedies.

Air Safety Investigators explains the fascinating story of how this process really works, and what people can do to protect themselves while flying. Dr. Diehl was a pilot who narrowly survived an accident himself, which convinced him to make aviation safety his life’s work. Employed by aircraft manufacturers, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Air Force, he helped solve some of the most mysterious crashes while initiating many safety enhancements.

This book also describes how Diehl battled the bureaucracy to save lives. Federal officials hired him to prevent an anticipated bloodbath from airline deregulation. He soon introduced innovations such as Crew Resource Management. The training dramatically reduced accidents and he was assigned to teach these concepts to Air Force One crews. However, when he exposed officials lying to Congress, they used the sky marshals to harass him. They then ignored his other programs, which caused countless unnecessary deaths, including that of JFK Jr. He was finally fired for blowing the whistle on the Pentagon cover-up of the worst fratricide since Vietnam. But Congress and other important organizations soon sought his advice on civil and military aviation problems.

This landmark expose’ provides readers with the definitive description of these remarkable events, vividly told through the eyes of a working air safety investigator. John Nance of ABC News wrote the book’s forward to explain how one maverick scientist’s insight, candor, and courage significantly improved aviation safety.

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An engineering psychologist, Diehl’s many accomplishments have been recognized by safety experts including Ralph Nader. For decades he attacked aviation human performance, crashworthiness, and systems safety issues.

Air Safety Investigators * by Dr. Alan Diehl
Using Science to Save Lives—One Crash at a Time
Publication Date: April 17, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 376 pages; 978-1-4797-2893-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 376 pages; 978-1-4797-2894-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-2895-4

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