Author Jeanette Chaffee will speak on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Seaside Library. Chaffee will share how she survived the TWA Flight 840 midair explosion of a terrorist bomb less than 14 feet from her. It is the only time passengers have survived after a bomb exploded aboard a commercial plane in the air.
In 1986, Chaffee was on the last leg of her 15 hour flight from Salem to Athens, Greece when 40 minutes before landing a bomb hidden underneath seat 10-F was detonated on the aircraft over Argos, Greece. The explosion blew a 9-foot-by-3-foot hole in the side of the aircraft, ejecting five passengers to their death. Seven others on the flight were injured by shrapnel as the cabin suffered a rapid decompression. The remaining 110 passengers miraculously survived the attack as the pilot was able to make a successful landing in Athens.
At the library event, a Q&A will be included and she will sign copies of her book, “Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds,” which highlights Chaffee’s personal interviews of some of the most inspiring and influential people of our times. Books will be available for purchase and signing; Seaside Library, 1131 Broadway.