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Watt, Ronnie; foreword by C S Margo, chairman of the board of inquiry

The Helderberg. Death Flight SA 295 (1990)

Published: Southern Book Publishers, Johannesburg, 1990

Edition: First

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This book:

  • documents the last flight of the South African Airways Boeing 747 cargo and passenger aircraft which crashed into the sea in 1987 some 134 nautical miles from Mauritius with the loss of all 159 passengers and crew
  • details the search and rescue operation and the recovery efforts (Operation Resolve); for underwater photography and the retrieval of vital parts of the wreckage (including the cockpit voice recorder), these achieved a then record depth of 4400 m below sea-level
  • describes all the aircraft, ships and underwater vessels involved in the multi-million-dollar search
  • gives details of the board of enquiry and its findings
  • includes several appendixes listing the names of passengers and the membership of the rescue teams and the other bodies
The text is profusely illustrated with b/w and colour photographs showing the sea-bed, parts of the aircraft and many of the recovered items.

The information in the book is valuable and the book itself is scarce, so we list this copy despite its defects - namely, extensive bubbling of the cover lamination, and the words "FILE COPY"  boldly written across the title-page of this Penrose Press record copy. The copy is otherwise unmarked and complete and in very good condition.

Laminated colour paper-boards, plain endpapers, cover caption on the half-title page, [xii] + 100 pp of b/w-illustrated text and appendixes + 20 pp of inserted colour photographs.

Published 28 years ago, this report provides an authoritative and comprehensive illustrated commentary on an aircraft crash that changed the rules about passengers and freight in a single aircraft.

  • Binding Condition: Good + (see description)
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 250 x 170
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
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