ABOUT THE BOOK
A disaster can be thought of as a serious disruption in the functioning of a community or society involving widespread human, material, economic, or environmental losses and impacts, which exceed the ability of those affected to cope using their own resources. Disasters can occur in all of the four major transportation categories — aviation, maritime, railway, and roadway. “Pseudo-disasters” can also be created by the media, which, by deftly hyping a relatively minor incident, can hold the public spellbound for months. With the scale of transportation rising, the sizes of airplanes, ships, and other means of carrying people and cargo from one point to another escalating, the likelihood of significant disasters continues to increase with the numbers. In this book, several disasters in each major transportation category are profiled.