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Star Dust Falling By Jay Rayner

Star Dust Falling
by Jay Rayner

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The story of the mysterious loss of an aircraft, Star Dust, in the Andes in 1947; the rickety airline company that flew the plane; and the discovery of the plane and the crash victims in January 2000.
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Star Dust Falling Summary

Star Dust Falling by Jay Rayner

In August 1947 in the highest of the High Andes, one of the earliest long haul passenger aircraft, a Lancaster called Star Dust, disappeared en route to Santiago, Chile. It left behind only questions: was it sabotage; was there a horde of gold on board; and what was the meaning of the radio operator's mysterious final message before the air waves fell silent? Only with the discovery of the wreckage by two Argentinian climbers in January 2000 could those questions finally begin to be answered. "Star Dust Falling" is the story of those on board that pioneering aircraft and of the ramshackle airline British South American Airways which sent them to their deaths. Run by an austere Australian war hero newly arrived from bomber command, BSAA's flying crew consisted entirely of ex-bomber pilots. The fleet of converted Lancaster Bombers operated on a shoestring, regularly flying without sufficient fuel or access to adequate weather forecasts. The result was that it became one of the most dangerous airlines in the western world. Yet it wasn't until a third of its planes had crashed and dozens of its passengers had died that the Government finally called a halt. In this account, Jay Rayner recreates the events surrounding the loss of Star Dust and her discovery 50 years later, piecing together the lives of the characters involved: the Chilean-Palestinian passenger with a diamond stitched into the lining of his suit; the King's Messenger with his bag full of diplomatic secrets; the crew of fearless pilots working in unbelievably strenuous conditions; the Argentinian climbers who risked their lives to find the wreck; and the Argentinian military men who declared war on each other in an attempt to claim the credit.

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About Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who now writes for The Observer. He is the author of two noveis, The Marble Kiss and Day Of Atonement. He is married and lives in London with his wife and son.

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Star Dust Falling by Jay Rayner
Jay Rayner
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Transworld Publishers Ltd
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