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New book. 147 pages. Softcover. ISBN 9780615396781. PennTex Books.

A Book You Must Read!  Blind Descent is a gripping insider’s account of an adventure gone horribly wrong and what really happened on a plane crash while flying supplies to Antarctica that made headlines around the world. A harrowing tale of disaster and heroism, in one of the most remote inhospitable places on Earth told in rich, cinematic detail by author Robert Hess, a retired flight engineer who lived through it all.


After regaining consciousness and crawling from the twisted wreckage of the plane, Robert Hess surveyed the landscape around him: the icy desert of Antarctica stared back, a white emptiness as far as he could see. Then, from inside the plane came the screams of his mangled friend and the keening of frightened sled dogs.

Only a year earlier, Hess had been a retired flight engineer working for the phone company when an old friend made him an intriguing proposition: help fly supplies to Antarctica as part of famous explorer Norman Vaughan's expedition to climb Mt. Vaughan. It was a job Hess couldn t pass up, and he worked tirelessly with his friends to make it happen.

But now, he and his comrades found themselves fighting desperately to stay alive.

About the Author

A Vietnam veteran, Robert Hess served in the Air Force as an aircraft and missile maintenance technician. After leaving the military he became a flight engineer and currently works as an aircraft maintenance technician in the private sector. A cancer survivor since 2006, he currently lives in Texas with his wife.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: PennTex Books (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061539678X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615396781
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds