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Q: Book Title of a Light Aircraft crash set in New Zealand ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Book Title of a Light Aircraft crash set in New Zealand
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: paul9999-ga
List Price: $9.50
Posted: 26 Sep 2006 10:20 PDT
Expires: 26 Oct 2006 10:20 PDT
Question ID: 768568
I need the title and/or author to a fiction book. The story is a farmer
in New Zealand takes off in his light aircraft for market and has to
fly through a busy airport airspace. He crashes into a passenger
aircraft and is found to be at blame - but the widow is convinced he
was in the right and the book follows the court scene to a twist.

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 27 Sep 2006 02:17 PDT
Can you remember when you read this book? 

Any additional details, no matter how small, may help in this search. 


Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 28 Sep 2006 18:57 PDT

Thanks to the comment by dormantvoid-ga, I was able to locate  an
image of the cover of the book Airscream by John Bruce.

The description

Compelling Shocking Explosive --- a story that begins with a
terrifying midair collision and races toward a shattering climax in a
courtroom trial.

Does this sound like the novel you?re seeking?

There are a number of used copies available if you're interested.
Subject: Re: Book Title of a Light Aircraft crash set in New Zealand
Answered By: juggler-ga on 30 Sep 2006 02:13 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I'm going to go ahead and post "Airscream" by John Bruce as the
official answer here.

I have located book descriptions at that confirm all of
the essential elements described in the question (i.e., a mid-air
collision in New Zealand between a private plane and a passenger
aircraft; airport airspace; and a woman, presumably the pilot's wife,
thrust into a courtroom battle).


"A mid-air collision over Wellington between a large passenger jet and
a private plane is the basic plot of this all too plausible novel by a
new writer of great promise. Professional aircrew, ground control, an
expert layman and the complex technology of modern air travel all play
a part in an enthralling sequence of events which leads to an
inevitable conclusion.a screaming catastrophe. From the twisted
wreckage emerges a tangle of maimed bodies, minds and lives; order has
to be re-created by the available processes of civilized society. A
lone woman whose sole purpose is to see justice done is thrust into a
battle against the overwhelming complexities of big business and
government whose aim is to protect their vested interests and position
with all the might and power that they can wield. Legal tangles,
court-room statesmanship, political intrigue, the human havoc and a
shattering climax make the aftermath of the disaster as exciting and
compelling as the event itself."

"DC8 Paranational Zulu Delta is on the last leg of a routine flight
into Wellington: the captain has already started the procedure for
descent; Frank Newton, a New Zealand vet in a private Cessna, has
taken off and is climbing steadily; in cloud, he is flying on
instruments under the guidance of Wellington Ground Control; at 4.46
they will collide; within two minutes, 168 men, women and children
will lose their lives. saga of mid-air collision, tangled emotional
lives, political chicanery and a tough legal battle"

search strategy: airspace
paul9999-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
I am very impressed I was sure initially it was a book by Brian
Lecomber. I read when I was working offsahore about 20 years ago but I
shall buy another copy now

Subject: Re: Book Title of a Light Aircraft crash set in New Zealand
From: dormantvoid-ga on 28 Sep 2006 18:31 PDT
Is it 'Airscream' by John Bruce?
Subject: Re: Book Title of a Light Aircraft crash set in New Zealand
From: paul9999-ga on 05 Oct 2006 00:57 PDT
I am sure it is Really sorry I haven't been back here before. I
suppose I was expecting an email telling of answers
Subject: Re: Book Title of a Light Aircraft crash set in New Zealand
From: juggler-ga on 05 Oct 2006 18:51 PDT
Thank you for the tip.

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