If he were alive today, Fergus would be proud of the efforts by over 100,000 people who advanced the airline over the past 96 years to its iconic state today. The fact that the plane did in fact make a safe landing without any injuries to passengers or crew can attributed to the remarkable teamwork of an experienced crew, captained by veteran Qantas pilot Richard de Crespigny. Little more than a day after he safely guided a heavily damaged double-decker jet to the safety of Singapore Airport and averted what could have been a catastrophe, he was onboard another Qantas jet that was forced to make an emergency landing. The failure occurred over , , four minutes after taking off from Changi for the second leg of the flight. To be resilient in any profession, you have to commit to being tough and competent. Pilots operate with an attitude of chronic unease expecting the worst, and hoping for the best. There are four million parts in an A380.
This meant the plane had more than 80 tonnes of fuel in its 11 tanks, two of which were leaking. Of the 22 systems on the plane, 21 were compromised! Mum was otherwise busy at that time back in Melbourne at the Richmond Hospital, giving birth to my brother Christopher. On this particular flight, Captain de Crespigny was being checked by another senior pilot who was himself being trained as a checking captain. He discussed these issues at the pre-flight briefing, during the drive to the airport and again before the A380 pushed back from the aerobridge in Singapore. It took 50 minutes to complete this initial assessment.
Archived from on 8 July 2013. From the start, I felt the story, through that unique process of 'literary osmosis', entered my soul. Karen Gold Coast 2012-10-06 true Book for Husband. Sometimes they just worked on instinct, rejecting what the aircrafts own automated systems suggested they do — and by doing so averted a disaster too scary to think about. Archived from on 4 July 2013. You clearly have the passion. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.
It gives a deeper appreciation for the professionalism and dedication given by the pilots, cabin crew and other staff who ensure our skies are safe. In other hands, the plane might have been lost with all 469 people on board, but a supremely experienced flight crew, led by Captain Richard de Crespigny, managed to land the crippled aircraft and safely disembark the passengers after hours of nerve-racking effort. Having a chronic unease explains why, even with our 99. I am writing to you in the hope that you might be able to offer our son Daniel some words of encouragement in his endeavour to continue to follow his dream of becoming a commercaial pilot. The only exception is a small inscription to the inside page.
Our ability to work with things depends upon the number of tools we have to maintain them. I flew Singapore to Heathrow on the A 380 and it's a comfortable airplane for passengers too even in cattle class. I recommend the presentation and the book to anyone who is, or who aspires to be, a leader. I couldn't put it down it was absolutely riveting. In 2014, there were 641 fatalities in 12 flights out of 3. Richard has led a most extraordinary life and I found it thrilling. Why was there a seemingly miraculous outcome to what could so easily have become an aviation disaster? The core of the book is the few hours from an engine exploding to passengers disembarking.
I just find it amazing how the worlds most congested airliner got flooded with errors. Now this is your time to execute. I felt like I was on the flight deck as the event unfolded! At times, my heart was beating faster whilst I was immersed in his presentation. Again, it's more about the human side than the mechanical - essentially it's an autobiography that focuses on his path to sitting in that seat on that day - and the knowledge and attitudes he brought to bear. How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse? I couldn't put the book down after about the first 40 pages. Both are brilliant designers and impeccable manufacturers but the philosophy of flight control software laws are different. They rolled the toilet paper back up as they reversed their route home.
Passengers and crew alike heard a loud explosion followed by numerous alarms and warnings in the cockpit. In September 2009, an engine malfunctioned on a Singapore Airlines flight from Paris to Singapore, and a Tokyo-Frankfurt flight in August 2010 had engine trouble that resulted in one engine being shut down due to low oil pressure. All of the above men performed with exceptional professionalism, courage, and intelligence, on that day. The author writes about his previous experiences as a pilot and you can see how this wide knowledge was applied to bring about a safe outcome in circumstances that nobody had ever anticipated could come together in a modern aircraft. Thank you again for everything and all the best to your wife Coral as well.
Archived from on 23 April 2018. De Crespigny's retelling of the story is an insight into the minds of flying professionals. Probably not the ideal book when actually on an aircraft however when back on terra firma it's great! When it became clear that the first half of the book was going to be an autobiography I was a little disappointed, but persisted and discovered that his life story was actually quite fascinating. The story itself is an incredible tale of sheer luck if the exploding rotor had passed into the fuselage instead of skimming the belly for example combined with a controlled, aviators approach to flying his crippled aircraft to the sheer power of teamwork in a crisis, this book provides many lessons worth reading. In fact, in my view, it turned out to be vital to the understanding of the book, that we knew the background of this wonderful pilot, so that we could understand the whole man as he fought to keep all those passengers safe.
It also has improved my respect for Qantas, the efforts it goes to to support it's passengers and the autonomy it gives pilots to use their skills rather than stick to the manual. Hundreds of pieces of shrapnel ripped through the wing and fuselage, creating chaos as vital flight systems and back-ups were destroyed or degraded. Link to my full white paper:. For two hours he and his fellow crew technical and cabin remained calm as they planned to stabilise the damage, configure the overweight aircraft, then manoeuvre it towards Changi Airport in Singapore. Where I wanted more which may not have been available at the original time of publication was what policies, procedures and aircraft design changed as a result of the analysis and investigation into the incident. If I had to be in any type of flight emergency, I would want this crew, this well-built plane, and this airline behind me. The pilot introduces the book really well; he starts off talking about his early childhood interest in flying and how he graduated through the flying ranks; you got a good feeling that this pilot was no amateur; he was experienced and also had an excellent temperament and was a loving and caring family man.