On February 17th at 1:00 pm, the Friends of the Seaside Library welcome Jeanette Chaffee, author of “Extravagant Graces.” 

In 1986, Jeanette Chaffee boarded TWA Flight 840 bound for Athens, Greece, to purchase jewelry for her collectibles business. 

What began as an ordinary day of travel became  pure terror at seventeen thousand feet.

Twenty minutes prior to landing, a bomb hidden beneath a seat was detonated.  The explosion tore a 10-foot-square hole into the fuselage near the Boeing 727's wing.

With 121 people aboard, the blast killed four and seven others were injured by shrapnel. The cabin suffered a rapid decompression.  Jeanette Chaffee was sitting just fourteen feet away from the explosion but survived the blast unscathed.

The heroic pilot, Richard “Pete” Peterson, made an emergency landing minutes later in Athens. 

In “Extravagant Graces”, Jeanette tells her account of survival and faith as well as twenty two other inspiring stories of people facing impossible odds.

The event will take place in the Community Room.

Book sales and signings will occur afterward.



Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm