Dust jacket notes: "Ever since Lucky Doyle quit flying supplies for the Alaska pipeline and took a captain's seat with a Midwest-based airline, he's waged a silent war against the 'glass cockpit' - the growing takeover of a pilot's job by computers. On a March evening over Tulsa, Oklahoma, a hands-on aviator's submission to an electronic brain is tested, and fails. In a blinding snowstorm, a private plane takes off from a wrong runway to collide with Lucky's airliner. the giant passenger plane's tail is partially shattered, and the aircraft is locked into a nose-high climb. A news report that the liner is 'headed for outer space' catches the attention of millions and all over the country people watch breathlessly as Lucky struggles to save his plane and the three hundred nineteen human beings aboard. Radio contact is established between Doyle and the plane's designers in England, whose computer experts predict a certain fatal crash. The plane continues to climb to dangerously high altitudes, fuel runs low, and stress begins to weaken the entire aircraft. One ingenious solution after another is attempted and fails as Lucky doggedly fights time and certain death for his passengers and crew. High-time pilot Robert P. Davis, author of The Pilot, gives readers an insider's view of an accident in which electronics are no substitute for an aviator's experience and imagination, and we watch in horrified fascination as the struggle reaches its terrifying climax."
June 1992 : UK Hardback
April 1991 : USA Hardback