Famous Australian aviatrix Kitty Mannock was hopelessly lost overhead the burning Sahara Desert. A surprise sandstorm had overtaken her craft. She had already been in the air for 27 hours.
Kitty is forced to land her plane when the Sahara's treacherous sands send her plane's systems into failure. She was to be the first pilot to make the journey across the Sahara Desert. Upon landing, "the propeller shattered...breaking one of Kitty's ankles and twisting her knee" (pg.33).
Unable to travel far, Kitty reviewed her options and supplies. She bound her ankle and leg, taking shelter from the scorching sun by laying underneath the craft's wings.
Kitty recorded her journey in her pilot's log, which would ultimately help two men, Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino, 62 years later.