One of DeMille's earlier books that was made into a movie. Book is much better than the movie.
A supersonic airliner has an unfortunate meeting with a navy test missile at high altitude. The plane depressurizes, and only a few crew and passengers survive without suffering from lack of oxygen before the plane levels out at a lower altitude. Led by a weekend pilot, the few survivors bravely try to bring the plane home, but they have to battle not only the elements, a plane full of irrational brain-damaged passengers, and their own fears, but also those who would rather see the plane crash at sea.
Demille is one of my favorites and this is one of the best he has written...
A missle strikes a jumbo passenger jet twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean..the flight crew is crippled or dead. Three surviving passengers attempt to land the plane or all remaining passengers will die a horrible death.
An aviation related thriller. Many twists and turns in the plot. A great read.