Into The Abyss: How A Deadly Plane Crash Changed The Lives Of A Pilot, A Politician, A Criminal And A Cop

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Into The Abyss: How A Deadly Plane Crash Changed The Lives Of A Pilot, A Politician, A Criminal And A Cop

by Carol Shaben

Random House of Canada | October 16, 2012 | Hardcover |

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On an icy night in October 1984, a Piper Navajo commuter plane carrying 9 passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing 6 people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly--a situation not uncommon to pilots working for small airlines. Overworked and exhausted, he feared losing his job if he refused to fly. Larry Shaben, the author''s father and Canada''s first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. After Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant, boarded the plane, rookie Constable Scott Deschamps decided, against RCMP regulations, to remove his handcuffs--a decision that profoundly impacted the men''s survival. As they fought through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth and status were erased and each man was forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence. The survivors forged unlikely friendships and through them found strength and courage to rebuild their lives. Into the Abyss is a powerful narrative that combines in-depth reporting with sympathy and grace to explore how a single, tragic event can upset our assumptions and become a catalyst for transformation.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: October 16, 2012

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307360229

ISBN - 13: 9780307360229

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Into The Abyss: How A Deadly Plane Crash Changed The Lives Of A Pilot, A Politician, A Criminal And A Cop

Into The Abyss: How A Deadly Plane Crash Changed The Lives Of A Pilot, A Politician, A Criminal And A Cop

by Carol Shaben

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: October 16, 2012

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307360229

ISBN - 13: 9780307360229

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On an icy night in October 1984, a Piper Navajo commuter plane carrying 9 passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing 6 people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly--a situation not uncommon to pilots working for small airlines. Overworked and exhausted, he feared losing his job if he refused to fly. Larry Shaben, the author''s father and Canada''s first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. After Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant, boarded the plane, rookie Constable Scott Deschamps decided, against RCMP regulations, to remove his handcuffs--a decision that profoundly impacted the men''s survival. As they fought through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth and status were erased and each man was forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence. The survivors forged unlikely friendships and through them found strength and courage to rebuild their lives. Into the Abyss is a powerful narrative that combines in-depth reporting with sympathy and grace to explore how a single, tragic event can upset our assumptions and become a catalyst for transformation.

About the Author

CAROL SHABEN was nominated for 3 National Magazine Awards, including Best New Magazine Writer, and won 2 of them, a Gold Medal for Investigative Reporting and a Silver Medal for Politics and Public Interest. A former international trade consultant and CBC writer/broadcaster, CAROL was 22, living and working as a journalist in the Middle East, when the crash occurred. She learned of the event, and her father''s survival, reading a local newspaper.

Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL BESTSELLER FINALIST 2013 – Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize WINNER 2013 – Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction “With Into the Abyss Carol Shaben gives us an astonishing true story of catastrophe and redemption. Shaben writes from the inside out, as in the best non-fiction, creating a nuanced and tightly braided portrait of four men and their shared trauma that is by turns terrifying and deeply humane. Every line in this uniquely Canadian story rings true.” —John Vaillant, author of The Tiger   “ Into the Abyss is a shot of storytelling adrenalin, taut and riveting and poised beautifully between pure action and thought. An extraordinary reading experience.”  —Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life & Times   “Carol Shaben is a meticulous reporter and, most importantly, a remarkably empathetic one. In Into the Abyss , she combines these skills masterfully to explore the full emotional impact of a horrific accident. The drifter she never met is as alive and complex in this story as her beloved father, and together with the other two survivors they weave a powerful tale about the limits of human resilience in the face of tragedy.” —Chris Turner, author of The Leap and The Geography of Hope   “When a plane crashes in the mountains of northern Alberta, six people die, and four men of wildly different backgrounds survive—including a criminal on his way to cou
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