Now You See it
is about two aircraft on opposite sides of the world both crashing while landing in fog. Peter Talbert inevitably gets involved; the first one is at Kennedy
where the aircraft overshoots the runway and slides into the Hudson.
The airline wants his help trying to discover why the pilot didn't carry out a missed approach. The second accident was in Hong Kong and the Chinese authorities asked him to go out to see if the accident was just pilot error. The situation was complicated by the fact that the aircraft was Chinese built, registered in Taiwan, with a Chinese engine and American avionics; the Chinese air traffic system considered the accident was the fault of the pilots and the Taiwanese pilots were imprisoned in Hong Kong
Peter Talbert, while investigating the two accidents also applies to be Chairman of the newly formed UK equivalent to the American National Transport Safety Board.
Tragically he learns he has been shortlisted for the post just as his pregnant fianceé
dies in an Australian bush fire.
He agrees to
investigate how the details of the latest Head Up Displays which help pilots land at poorly equipped airfields
are leaked to a competitor and as a result nearly gets killed.
He meets an old
American girl friend again in New York and as he talks to her he finally
manages to work things out.
This book is very much about aviation people as well as about aviation and as usual the accidents are not as straightforward as they at first appear.
Modern aircraft are incredibly safe and accidents are very rare though accidents while landing in bad weather probably occur most frequently. However, just because aircraft are so very safe, the reasons for an accident tend to be very complicated. Simple system failures or poor flying are no longer primary reasons for accidents.
This is the fifth book in a series of
seven featuring Peter Talbert, insurance investigator. The other titles are
Blind Landing, The Final Flight, The Right Choice, Flight to St Anthony,
Java Waters Run Deep. They will appeal to anyone who likes a mystery story as well as to the aviation enthusiast and followers of Peter Talbert will feel very much at home! People who have read one book have great difficulty not going on to read the rest.
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