Tuesday, July 15, 2014

About the book "Waiting...To Happen!"

Hello Friends,

Thank you for your interest and many emails. The video below gives a brief summary of the IX812 accident, which is the focus of this book. But this book is not only about IX812.

While "Waiting…To Happen!" is a true story of the Air Crash investigation into crash of IX812 in which 158 were killed, with laser focus on this accident, and narrating stories of other accidents that happened for same reasons, the book brings out why this was an accident “Waiting…To Happen!” and yet another remains Waiting…To Happen!

All the incidents and events depicted herein, are dramatizations of actual events that have occurred and are based on official investigation reports issued by the relevant government authorities for information, and use of the public. Information about the flight IX812, Air India, Air India Express, Airports Authority of India, DGCA and Mangalore Airport was obtained through a series of petitions filed under the Right to Information Act. Some names have been modified to protect the concerned individual’s privacy, however, neither the events, nor their dates have been modified. Through explanation and analysis of the accident to IX812, and many others, the book drives home the point of why such accidents occur and what must be done to prevent them from occurring again. 

This is a book that has something for everybody. To a reader of fiction, it presents an exciting, fast paced story. To managers in any high-risk industry, it provides professional knowledge and case studies that help focus attention on what needs to be done in order to remain safe. To an air traveler, it furbishes information that one must look for while selecting a carrier, by providing information on how to detect a carrier’s lack of Safety Risk Management. To an employee in the aviation industry it presents the importance of each, seemingly minor and innocuous task of aviation safety. To the average citizen, it provides questions that must be asked of their elected political representatives and civil servants in order to improve the safety performance of airlines and airports; services whose use cannot be avoided in the modern world. To the politicians and civil servants that regulate these services, it offers information that is at once insightful and relevant to their day-to-day work. This information is vital to their delivery of a good service; something that they sincerely want to, yet many do not know how to! 

The readers will be able to use the information contained herein to remain safe and ensure that accidents do not happen, but only remain Waiting … To Happen! 

Watch this Video for more: http://youtu.be/QsZyFHOdbQM

The Cover Image:    

The cover image coveys the central message of this book. It shows a Soccer goal post, with a Pilot instead of the Goal Keeper. She/He is diving to stop the goal and instead of the Ball, coming on is an Aircraft. The implication is that the role of a Pilot is no different from that of a Goal Keeper in any Soccer match. A Pilot is merely a member of the team. She/he is the last person that has an opportunity to save a goal (accident). She/he is the only person that can use her/his hands to do so. But by no means are the Pilots only humans that can do so. In the end they are just like any other member of the team. If rest of the team does not perform, the Pilot can only do so much to prevent a loss. Like in a soccer match, even if we have the best goal keeper in the world, we will still loose the match if the team does not perform, in Aviation also, we will suffer a loss, even with the best trained and experienced Pilot, if rest of the team fails to perform! When we loose a soccer match, our first reaction is to blame the Manager, Coach or Captain. So why, when we hear of an aircraft accident, we jump to the conclusion of blaming the Pilot? To strengthen our Soccer Team, we look for the best reputed and experienced manager/coach. So why, to manage the aviation sector, we rely on Civil Servants chosen for their civil service skills and not Aviation knowledge/experience?

Thank you for your support so far and look forward to your continued support. Please do leave a reader review if you choose to read the book. The book can be ordered on-line by clicking on any of the links below: 

Amazon.com (Worldwide) 
Createspace.com (Worldwide) 
Pothi.com (India) 
Flipkart.com (India)

Best Wishes, 

The Erring Human.

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