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From: Patrick Smith

Re: LEX Comair Accident
Patrick Smith, airline pilot, author, and air travel columnist, is available for interview to discuss the regional jet accident in Kentucky – what appears to be America's most deadly air crash in almost five years. Patrick was a regional airline pilot for seven years, and has written about air safety and the safety of smaller jets and commuter planes many times.

"...The idea of two hapless pilots departing down the incorrect strip might seem ridiculously inexcusable, and frankly it is. Neither is it easy. You would not be penalized for asking aloud, with a shake of the head and a tone of rhetorical amazement: “How in the world could they take off on the wrong damn runway?” Plenty of professional pilots are asking the same thing... How did it happen? Has it happened before? And a look at facts and fallacy of regional airline safety...

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2006/08/28/plane_crash/

Patrick's book, ASK THE PILOT – Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel (Riverhead) was Amazon's best selling travel book in 2004. He has appeared on more than 100 radio and television broadcasts in the past, including several NPR affiliates, and has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines.

Additionally, Patrick recently published two provocative cover stories for Salon.com analyzing the recent UK terror scare -- in particular, our outlandish reactions to it. Are the new airport security measures effective and useful, or are they wasteful, irrational, and ultimately self-defeating?

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2006/08/17/airport_futility/

Contact:
617-627-9774
617-501-5267
Aviateur@askthepilot.com
Please see www.askthepilot.com for more information.
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Patrick Smith is an erstwhile pilot and author. Patrick has visited more than 60 countries and always asks for a window seat. He lives near Boston.

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"ASK THE PILOT: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel"
by Patrick Smith
published by Riverhead Books
Amazon.com Editors' Choice: Best Travel Book of 2004

"Anyone remotely afraid of flying should read this book, as should anyone who appreciates good writing and the value of great information."

-- The New York Times

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