On May 2, 1970, a passenger jet with fifty-seven passengers and a crew of six departed New York’s JFK international airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten. The flight ended four hours and thirty-four minutes later in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It was at the time, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. Learn more about this amazing true story in the nonfiction book 35 Miles From Shore.
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Use the Kindle app below to read the the first two chapters. Use the arrow keys to move through the book. Use the back arrow key to proceed through the front matter, which includes maps, diagrams, and other ancillary material.
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Corsetti has written a wonderful book. It’s like reading a fine novel except it's all true. For aviation people it is also a valuable safety lesson. The author deserves praise and thanks. - Bob Buck author of North Star Over My Shoulder - Back … Read More
Watch an Animation
The true story of ALM 980 was featured in the MSNBC Documentary series Why Planes Crash. The documentary features an animation of what the ditching of ALM Flight 980 might have looked like. The show also includes interviews with … Read More