This is a story for the 21st century where millions of people enjoy the ease and pleasure of air travel but also live in cities and towns below busy flight paths.
Every day some 1,300 aircraft land and take off from Heathrow Airport – one of the busiest airports in the world. And some of those aircraft I can see from my balcony as they descend on the flightpath over central London, heading west. It is a miracle that it hardly ever goes wrong.
Several years ago I had the idea to write a fictional story about an accident on the flightpath and what it would mean in the air and on the ground. I finished the story and put it away. A visit to the Heathrow Control Tower with the Tourism Society in the spring of this year brought it all back and I decided to rework the story and publish it as an eBook.
This is a story about the convenience, excitement and the orderliness of air travel and how it works so well, nearly all the time. When it does go wrong, the impact can be catastrophic. Quite a sombre subject, you will agree, as inevitably it involves many people dying and others suffering injury and loss. But there are miracles too, in my new book, “The Go Around”, now available as an eBook on Amazon.
It’s a sunny summer’s day in August in London and conditions at Heathrow are perfect with aircraft on the flightpath approaching the airport in a steady stream. The unthinkable happens – two aircraft collide over London’s western suburbs. The peace and enjoyment of a summer Saturday is shattered, as London’s emergency services respond to the disastrous consequences over a wide area.
“The Go Around” focuses on individuals and how they cope, as well as on the unlikely report that there are two survivors from one of the planes. Is that possible? The world’s media gather in a town hall in South West London to find out what went wrong – somebody must surely be at fault – or is it just the systems?
All the characters and events in this book are purely imaginary.
Ylva French is a writer and communications consultant with experience in culture, tourism, the arts and museums.