Harrison Jones, aviation author, has released his latest work, “Miracle on Buffalo Pass.”
The book’s release event was Sept. 23 and was hosted byThe Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colo. “Miracle on Buffalo Pass” is a non-fiction work and documents the events surrounding the crash of Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217 on Dec. 4, 1978 near Steamboat Springs, Colo.
The author interviewed more than 30 people who were passengers, crew or rescue personnel so he could recreate the story and tell it from a first-hand perspective.
On the evening of Dec. 4, 1978, Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217 departed Steamboat Springs bound for Denver with 22 on board. Less than an hour later, the flight was forced down on Buffalo Pass at an altitude of 10,500 feet when because of severe icing conditions and downdrafts.
The tragic accident triggered one of the most intense search and rescue efforts in Rocky Mountain history. Jones crafted the story using 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, with assistance from other rescue organizations and civilian volunteers, the search and rescue effort is considered one of the most successful in Civil Air Patrol’s history.
“The people I have interviewed for this book are some of the most courageous and determined individuals I have ever encountered,” Jones said. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for each of them, and their story has renewed my faith in the human race.”
Jones is a retired airline captain and lives in Tyrone, Georgia. He has published three previous novels.