The last line of the linked article mentions that Arthur Hailey, the author of "Airport" passed away last year in the Bahamas. I hadn't heard that before.
In addition to "Airport", he also penned such superb books as:
"Hotel" (upon which the 1980's ABC show was based)
"The Final Diagnosis"
"Runway 08" (the TV
movie "Terror In the Sky" was based on this book)
"The Evening News"
"The Moneychangers" (a movie starring Kirk Douglas and Christopher Plummer was based on this book)
"In High Places"
One of my favorite authors.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina