This book began as the Glossary for Air Crashes and Miracle Landings, but after expanding it to cover some 85 incidents we found there was insufficient space. Also, our research was throwing up so many intriguing and sometimes little‑known facts that we decided to produce something much more compelling.

On the one hand it is intended to be a handy reference tool and on the other to be an enjoyable read. In either case, it seeks to provide just enough information for a proper understanding, and perhaps even more importantly let you know enough to know what to look for on the Internet, including images and even videos.

Civilian aircraft are listed individually. Military onesif cited—are mostly covered in the context of a topic.

Updates to Air Crashes and Miracle Landings are at the end. These include the 737 MAX crashes.