What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane

“Five years ago, the flight vanished into the Indian Ocean. Officials on land know more about why than they dare to say.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 17, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,042 words)

Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves?

William Langewiesche on the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, and how automation has changed the role of airline pilots.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Oct 1, 2014
Length: 49 minutes (12,400 words)

The Camorra Never Sleeps

For years before they caught him, the Italian police had no idea that Paolo Di Lauro was one of Naples’s most powerful crime bosses, running a drug and counterfeit-goods empire—and responsible for a peace his turf had rarely known. Writing for Vanity Fair, William Langewiesche goes deep into heart of the Neapolitan mob’s most dangerous family, revealing the chaos that followed the fall of a patriarch.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: May 1, 2012
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)

The Wave-Maker

When Ken Bradshaw caught the largest wave ever surfed, in 1998, he was riding on pure, single-minded passion. But that same quality—plus a deep antipathy to hype—has put him at odds with the increasingly crowded, commercialized world of big-wave surfing. On Oahu’s famed North Shore, the author learns about the 58-year-old maverick’s record-breaking encounter with 85 feet of “Condition Black” water, the battles he still fights, and his unlikely friendship with the publicity-loving Mark Foo, who was killed on a wave he “stole” from Bradshaw.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jan 27, 2011
Length: 37 minutes (9,268 words)

Anatomy of a Miracle

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River last January, was justly celebrated for his skill and courage. Less has been revealed about other players in the drama: those enigmatic geese, the engines they struck, a pioneering French engineer, and an unsung hero—the Airbus A320 itself.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jun 28, 2009
Length: 42 minutes (10,698 words)