“Shit happens and it doesn’t mean it’s somebody’s fault.
And in the test flight of an airplane, shit often happens."
- Experimental Test Pilot Eric Fiore
On October 10, 2000, a Challenger 604 experimental test aircraft crashed on
takeoff at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, dragging a wing, before turning into a
fireball. Barely alive and suffering horrific burns, test pilot Eric Fiore was the only
survivor hauled from the wreckage.
He has asked his wife to promise him something.
Based on actual events, Flight through Fire is an unforgettable love story centered
on a deep devotion to aviation. Carol Fiore vividly describes the aftermath of the
accident, the response of a billion dollar company and an entire Kansas town, the
intense pressure placed on a hospital, the tragic realities of severe facial burns, the
evolution of an eating disorder in her teenage daughter, and the raw emotional pain
of her nonreligious family.
Deftly interweaving the past and present, the author takes the reader on a
wondrous adventure around the world with a complicated and passionate man who
was born to be a pilot. Struggling with the horrors of his injuries, she confronts grief
without religion, searching for strength in order to keep her promise to him.
Insightful, brutally honest, and unexpectedly humorous, this is the story of what it
takes to be a test pilot, and what it costs to love one.
|Flight through Fire
Based on a true aviation love story
by Carol Fiore