Miracle on Buffalo Pass: Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217
On the evening of December 4, 1978, Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217 departed Steamboat Springs, Colorado bound for Denver with twenty-two souls on board. Less than an hour later, the flight was forced down on Buffalo Pass at an altitude of 10,500 feet when it encountered severe icing conditions and downdrafts created by the winds of a mountain wave. The tragic accident triggered one of the most intense search and rescue efforts in Rocky Mountain history. This true story is told in the words of the courageous passengers and crew- who found themselves struggling to survive the arctic type blizzard conditions with no hope of immediate help-and the heroic search and rescue personnel who risked lives to save lives. Led by an elite Civil Air Patrol unit, and civilian volunteers, the search and rescue effort is considered one of the most successful in the organization's history.
About the Author
Harrison Jones writes aviation fiction from a personal perspective. Before becoming an airline pilot, his forty year career included an enlistment in the U.S. Navy followed by stints as an aircraft mechanic, a pilot ground school instructor and a flight instructor. He retired as an international captain with more than 20,000 hours in the cockpit and extensive flying throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. While serving as a Civil Reserve Air Fleet pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was recognized by the Air Mobility Command with the Aerial Achievement Medal for flying numerous troop transport missions into Kuwait. His writing features realism and plausibility that is uncommon in aviation novels. Harrison's method has been described as separating fiction from fantasy by developing plot that is not only possible but could easily show up in tomorrow's headlines. Harrison says, "My career has blessed me with an endless supply of colorful characters and I allow them to dialogue freely. My narrative is there to simply keep them in scene and herd them all toward a final conclusion." A native Georgian, Harrison lives near Atlanta with his wife, Diane.