10/29/08 160 W, 1 I - + 8 - 15 Mayday! Mayday!: Aircraft Crashes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1920-2000

Found an interesting book while browsing the North Carolina Collection at Pack Memorial Library in Asheville last night. Mayday! Mayday!: Aircraft Crashes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1920-2000, by Jeff Wadley and Dwight McCarter. Published as a paperback in 2002 by the University of Tennessee Press, it's 212 pages with a few dozen photos. The authors, both of whom have been involved in SAR missions for decades in the Smokies, have researched official documents and newspaper archives and conducted extensive interviews with survivors, family members, and eyewitnesses. They tell how the earliest known plane crashes were single-engine biplanes flown during the 1920s. In the years since, the Smokies have claimed private planes, military jets, helicopters, and even a hot air balloon. The authors also recount the stories of survival. Of the 127 persons involved in their documented crashes, 56 survived. 

My granny, grandaddy, uncle, aunt, and 3 cousins were of those 56 that survived. The authors did a great job retelling their story. Their pictures in the book were awesome too. One picture shows my Granny being carried down the mountain on a stretcher. I am glad you enjoyed the stories.
Melissa (Email) - 06/21/10 - 13:43

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