Of all transport systems, the airline industry is the most safety conscious."" Maurice Allward aims to prove that ""safety is no accident,"" to indicate how the present level of air safety has been achieved and the means by which air travel is being made safer. He discusses regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Britain, airplane design and outfitting for safety. He follows the wreckage trail--the BOAC Comets lost over the Mediterranean, the trouble with the Electra (uncontrolled whirl mode)-structural causes; the collisions over the Grand Canyon in 1956 (administrative). Then there is Murphy's Law: ""If a part can be installed incorrectly, someone, someday, will install it that way."" In order: more advanced airports, foolproof instruments, crashworthy planes, a reliable anti-collision device--and more. Of interest mainly to aviation professionals, who form the only likely audience to get this off the ground.