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Into the abyss – by Carol Shaben

October 23, 2013

into-the-abyssAn interesting book about a commuter plane crash that happened in Northern Alberta in the 1980s. Six passengers died but four men survived the crash: a politician (the author’s father), the pilot, an RCMP officer, and the criminal he was escorting; the experience changed each of their lives significantly. The criminal was the least injured and without him, the others wouldn’t have survived the night.

The story of the crash and the night the survivors spent together waiting for rescue makes great reading. Shaben’s exploration of the commuter aircraft industry and the public inquiry into the crash is less riveting but it was still interesting to learn about bush pilots, an occupation that ranks in the top three of the world’s most dangerous professions. 

This book won the 2013 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, administered by Wilfrid Laurier University.

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