Into the Abyss

An Extraordinary True Story

by Carol Shaben

Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to.

On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault's handcuffs were removed-a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival.

As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence.

  • Grand Central Publishing; May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781455545629
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  • Title: Into the Abyss
  • Author: Carol Shaben
  • Imprint: Grand Central Publishing

In The Press

"Gripping and emotionally affecting. . . a deep and satisfying book."—Washington Post


About The Author

Carol Shaben won two Canadian National Magazine Awards--a Gold Medal for Investigative Reporting and a Silver Medal for Politics and Public Interest--for articles that highlighted the subject of this book.