Friday, November 26, 2004

Arthur Hailey dies

Best-selling novelist Arthur Hailey has died at the age of 84, reports BBC News.
Airport (1968) arguably remains Hailey's best-loved work and prompted the disaster movie genre. The thriller follows events in the sky, and on the ground at a snow-logged airport, when a terrorist boards an airplane with a bomb.

The book was adapted into a hit film in 1970, starring Burt Lancaster as the harassed airport manager and Dean Martin as a womanising pilot, alongside Jean Seberg and Jacqueline Bisset.

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