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Knowing when to stop : the investigation of Flight 191

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dc.contributor.advisor Marcia Bartusiak. en_US Vatz, Mara E., 1980- en_US
dc.contributor.other MIT Program in Writing & Humanistic Studies. en_US 2007-11-15T18:07:29Z 2007-11-15T18:07:29Z 2004 en_US 2004 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, 2004. en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 25-30). en_US
dc.description.abstract On May 25, 1979, an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after taking off from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. It was the worst crash in U.S. history at the time, having killed all 271 people on board and two people on the ground. Arriving at the scene of a plane crash is akin to walking into a play during the third act: most of the story has already played itself out. The crash is the climax of a complex and nuanced plot with hundreds of characters and no clear beginning or end. Nevertheless, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are responsible for reconstructing the story from the evidence. They must study the characters and unearth the storyline and all of its twists and turns, and at the end determine the probable cause. The NTSB spent six months investigating the crash of Flight 191. This is the story of how investigators pieced together the smoldering wreckage, wrestled with questions of personal error and accountability, dodged political and financial influences, and in the end put forth a list of safety recommendations based on the flaws they uncovered along the way. The investigation of Flight 191 is one example of how investigators can take an otherwise hopeless situation and turn it into a platform for introspection and improvement. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Mara E. Vatz. en_US
dc.format.extent 30 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. en_US
dc.title Knowing when to stop : the investigation of Flight 191 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Science Writing en_US
dc.contributor.department MIT Program in Writing & Humanistic Studies. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 59008054 en_US

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