Into the Abyss

Into the Abyss

How A Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of A Pilot, A Politician, A Criminal and A Cop

Book - 2012
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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.



Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2012
Description: 311 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780307360229
Branch Call Number: 363.124 Sha

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BeckyR21
Oct 05, 2015

It's because of books like this that I'm glad I go the Book Club at the library. I hadn't heard of this book before, and it was an excellent read. Riveting, moving, filled with terror and hope. Well done.

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nannerl
Feb 24, 2015

Interestingly written account of the events. My sister and brother inlaw were also involved in a small plane crash in Northern Manitoba in the 70s, so the parallels made this book of particular interest to me.

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smurfette2528
Aug 10, 2014

I came across this as a book club pick and was surprised how little I knew about the events that took place and also how much I enjoyed this book. Well written and very interesting. Even though the topic is tragic, there were many uplifting points throughout.

cobralea Jun 02, 2014

i want to keep this book until june 15th

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sess430
Oct 18, 2013

This recently published (2013), well-written book is a gripping true story about a 1984 commuter plane crash in northern Alberta. The 4 survivors~ the pilot, the author's father, a Canadian Mountie & his prisoner ~ battled injuries, darkness & sub-zero temperatures before being rescued. The latter part focuses on the profound effect it had on their lives. Kirkus Review calls it "a worthy addition to the canon of extreme-survival nonfiction" such as "The Perfect Storm" and "Into Thin Air".

Join us on Sat, Oct 19, 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park as author Carol Shaben discusses her book Into the Abyss. Tickets $10/Adults $5/Students at Check Out Desk, Tix on the Square or at the door. The astonishing story of a deadly commuter plane crash in northern Alberta, and how the fight to stay alive changed the four survivors: a rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a police officer, and the accused criminal he was escorting. This is a LitFest event.

Join us on Sat, Oct 19, 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park as author Carol Shaben discusses her book Into the Abyss. Tickets $10/Adults $5/Students at Check Out Desk, Tix on the Square or at the door. The astonishing story of a deadly commuter plane crash in northern Alberta, and how the fight to stay alive changed the four survivors: a rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a police officer, and the accused criminal he was escorting. This is a LitFest event.

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saira1560
Sep 23, 2013

Excellent Book .. A must read for everyone to know how short & uncertain life is , & whatever the circumstances , one must keep struggling.

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erinsnest
Apr 11, 2013

May 31, 8:13 am, time to crack it open!....8:21, just read the first 4 pages, (I have to go get ready for work!) and they are worth waiting for. I was in the mood for a novel, but I think this will be better!.....June 1, well what a surprise! I had a copy arrive in the mail today. How fun, now I can read this at my leisure, then when my friends are finished with it, will donate it to the library. (I've got about 4 books in my line up, and I want to read them all at the same time....do you think I have attention deficit? So many books.....so little time!).........(June 2, read "The Kiss," by Kathryn Harrison today, see my comment).......June 3, well I'm almost finished this. Sure glad it was a rainy day, as I have had my nose in it ALL DAY. On page 202, (of 287 pages) and would love to finish it tomorrow, but probably won't get the chance. Here's hoping! This is better than a novel by the way!........Friday, June 7, two pages left to go, this book was worth the wait. Should be made into a movie. (I should have been finished it sooner, but missed one nights bedtime reading as when I got into bed, Carol Shaben was being interviewed on DNTO. (CBC radio show, for those not in the know!) Had to listen to that!!!!).......................................................................The following is just for my information, and were comments made before I read the book. Please ignore! ...............................................................................April 10, 2013....Well, I've been waiting for this book since the end of January, and I'm still only position 12 of 4 copies. Just might have to buy it, read it, and donate it to our library!!!!! (Although, I do have a lot of stuff to read, so maybe I should just be patient???).....April 25, still waiting, position 8 on 4 copies.....May 2, position 7 on 4, next due back May 11......May 8, position 5 on 4 next due back on May 23....May 21, position 3 on 6 copies next due back on May 23 (getting there!) I should get a copy sometime after June 6.....May 24, position 1 on 6, I may even get one today, if not, then after June 6! (2 are being transferred, could one of them be me???!)....May 28, still waiting, but one is being transferred, so maybe tomorrow mine will be here??? (hope so!)....May 29, it's here!...it's here....can hardly wait to pick it up tomorrow. Will read it as fast as I can, there are still 14 holds on it!!!!......

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nancyjohnston
Jan 24, 2013

A piece of Alberta history. Couldn't put the book down. Very well written.

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