QF On November a flight from Singapore to Sydney came within a knife edge of being one of the world s worst air disasters Shortly after leaving Changi Airport an explosion shattered Engine of

  • Title: QF32
  • Author: Richard de Crespigny
  • ISBN: 9781742611174
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • On 4 November 2010, a flight from Singapore to Sydney came within a knife edge of being one of the world s worst air disasters Shortly after leaving Changi Airport, an explosion shattered Engine 2 of Qantas flight QF32 an Airbus A380, the largest and most advanced passenger plane ever built Hundreds of pieces of shrapnel ripped through the wing and fuselage, creating cOn 4 November 2010, a flight from Singapore to Sydney came within a knife edge of being one of the world s worst air disasters Shortly after leaving Changi Airport, an explosion shattered Engine 2 of Qantas flight QF32 an Airbus A380, the largest and most advanced passenger plane ever built Hundreds of pieces of shrapnel ripped through the wing and fuselage, creating chaos as vital flight systems and back ups were destroyed or degraded.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 Champion de Crespigny, managed to land the crippled aircraft and safely disembark the passengers after hours of nerve racking effort.Tracing Richard s life and career up until that fateful flight, QF32 shows exactly what goes into the making of a top level airline pilot, and the extraordinary skills and training needed to keep us safe in the air Fascinating in its detail and vividly compelling in its narrative, QF32 is the riveting, blow by blow story of just what happens when things go badly wrong in the air, told by the captain himself.

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    1. Having flown quite a lot, I wouldn't consider myself a nervous flyer. However I must also admit that I don't like to dwell too much on how a plane actually stays up in the air when I'm in one! This book is all about a plane passenger's worst nightmare - an ominous loud "bang" and looking out the window to see a large part of the aircraft missing as well as leaking fuel and shrapnel holes in the wing. Qantas Flight 32 (QF32) from Singapore to Sydney (part of the Kangaroo Route many of us have tra [...]

    2. Awesome. 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. 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. Richard has led a most extraordinary life and I found it thrilling. I c [...]

    3. A co-worker who knows that I want to fly to Australia recommended to me this book on the Quantas flight QF32 whose engine exploded mid-flight on 11/4/10. My initial reaction was "why would I want to read that?!" But, he was right. I read it because I knew that ultimately this incredible disaster did not occur. The story of how that came to be is one that intrigued me.I enjoyed this book but I would alert potential readers that it gets very technical. While I personally know nothing about aircraf [...]

    4. This books awesome. ive read it a number of times. its an interesting first person perspective of the "incident" on qf32 combined with a mini biography. if you dont know the details behind the story you could either google it, or do yourself a favour and read this book. its a reasonably complex topic, broken down into such a way you are able to comprehend what is happening and stay well and truly engaged with the details. if you look at the damaged incurred, and not only the skill, and airmanshi [...]

    5. A well written, honest, and at times humorous account about the averted air disaster of QF32, an Airbus A380 that suffered an explosion shortly after take off from Changi airport in 2010, with 469 passengers on board. The book begins with an interesting account of the pilot's family history and upbringing, and takes the reader through various aspects of his successful career. Undoubtedly these life experiences would ultimately contribute to the way in which he led and controlled the safe landing [...]

    6. During the 1989 pilots strike Bob Hawke called airline pilots a bunch of "glorified bus drivers"QF32 by Richard de Crespigny takes the reader into the pilot seat as the #2 Engine on QANTAS A380 'Nancy Bird Walton' exploded soon after take off from Changi Airport in 2010. 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. A great story for those with an interest in aviation or who fly regular and a e [...]

    7. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book-not a subject that I would normally be interested in, but the author/pilot takes a very technical subject and is able to communicate to and keep the average reader engaged throughout the book.

    8. I absolutely loved it, hence the five stars. For a aircraft/aviation nerd like me this really hit the spot. A warning for the non-nerds-you may find it repetitious in places, but the tension during the drama after the engine failure and the damage to the aircraft will keep you riveted to the page and may even cost you a few hours sleep as you'll ant to stay up until you finish it.

    9. Should have a category of part read, some bits ok but totally lost when he starts describing the engine in detail, gave it up in the end

    10. Interesting read, pleasantly geeky in that wonderful engineer way, and fascinating to get a blow by blow of a near-disaster.

    11. I have just finished reading the Kindle version and have reviewed the comments by others to date. Being a commercial aviation aficianado, I quite enjoyed the book and am currently on a second reading. In hindsight, I do think the first half or so where the author recounts his history and experiences can become quite dull. Whilst I have no doubt the individual is a very accomplished Captain, by the mid point I was expecting him to proclaim "I am the Greatest" (shades of Muhammad Ali). Once past t [...]

    12. It is what it is. De Crespigny is intelligent and articulate, but not a professional author. The core of the book is the few hours from an engine exploding to passengers disembarking. There's no sudden surprises, no great drama, just worried men way outside the user manual nursing an injured ship back to safety, but I found this section surprisingly gripping. That's the core of the book - and it's as much about the human side of the journey as the mechanical. In the first chapters, De Crespigny [...]

    13. Excellent book and a great insight into the level of expertise held by pilots of passenger flights - I really had no idea. 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. It made me hope that all airline pilots have such backgrounds.The author is then brave enough to write about the post traumatic stress he suffe [...]

    14. QF32 offers an insight to the life of an extraordinary pilot whose lifelong training saved the day of more than 400 men and women on board the flight. The story tells how he grew up, joined the RAAF, undergo training in the Air Force and eventually joined Qantas from a Boeing pilot to an Airbus A380 pilot.It's very interesting to read of his life and aspiration. However, the part on what happen when the engine failed during the flight and when the story went into how he remedy the ECAM flight sy [...]

    15. If I every get back on a plane, I want Richard to be the pilot.A surprisingly engaging book, Richard de Crespigny relays the incident of both a professional and personal level that is easy for the lay-flyer to read. His unabashed admissions about how the incident effected him and his crew shatters the public's perceptions that pilots are arrogant and cabin staff are so well trained that they aren't touched by crisis or worry. It also has improved my respect for Qantas, the efforts it goes to to [...]

    16. I couldn't put it down it was absolutely riveting. I am now completely sold on the safety of the A380 Airbus and am lost in admiration for the competence and professionalism of the crew of QF32.To have all the devastating failures and damage to the aircraft and to be able to get it down safely without losing a single person is an incredible feat of airmanship (if there is such a word)All five pilots and especially the Captain Richard de Crespigny plus the cabin crew really showed how well traine [...]

    17. This vivid firsthand account of the QF32 emergency, by the Captain of the doomed A380, was gripping, succinct and fascinating. Reading this conversational and candid story of the grueling and extremely scary experience endured by the pilots, crew and passengers when their plane's engine exploded shortly after takeoff, ripping holes in the wing and fuselage, effecting fuel, hydraulics, electrics, brakes and many other systems, reveals what a modest hero with a courageous team can achieve in the f [...]

    18. I found it hard to get engaged by this book until I found out a friend's uncle had been on the flight deck (one of the check captains) and I persisted with it. Richard de Crespigny is the sort of pilot you always hope is flying your plane. Detail-oriented and obsessed with understanding how things work. In an ideal world all pilots should be trained by the airforce to give them experience of handling aircraft at their limits. Interesting if you want yo find out the pilot's view of what happened [...]

    19. Can't pretend I read every word (some of the plane talk was more than I needed), but this book did carry me along with it.Twelve hours after I finished reading it, I still feel somewhat short of breath and stressed by the telling of the events of that flight. And I did shed a tear as I read some of the passenger letters to the pilot.An extraordinary day, and extraordinary efforts by all on board.

    20. Oh my god, this was such an intense read! An amazing recount of the finest teamwork and precision timing where the smallest decisions make the biggest difference. The technical jargon was explained really well and I feel like I have such a greater understanding of flight and how much stress a plane can be under and still function as normal. I'd highly recommend this book to people who may be afraid of flying as it definitely helps put your mind at ease. Amazing!

    21. I read this book some time ago and enjoyed it very much. The writing was very understandable for the uninitiated or passenger only. A relative, a pilot himself, tells me he found it excellent from the point of view of a pilot also. Probably not the ideal book when actually on an aircraft however when back on terra firma it's great!

    22. QF32 is an amazing account of possibly the most serious incident Qantas has ever experienced. Its testimony to the professionalism of both flight and cabin crews on long haul airliners. I expected a technical account of the incident but, more so, was enthralled by the depth of understanding shown regarding the impact of the incident on the passengers and crew.

    23. This book was recommended to me by a real-life Australian fighter pilot, so what choice did I have?My review: If you're into this sort of thing, you'll really like it. If you're not, you'll be bored to tears by the half of the book that covers the nearly catastrophic failure of the No. 2 engine on a Quantas Airbus 380 in 2010. Me? I'm into this sort of thing.

    24. I love a good story of disaster averted and teams responding to crisis, but what made this a really worthwhile read was the stories of the soft skills and the people management.There's some great insights here for anyone in any kind of "customer facing" role as to how a crisis turned customers into advocates for the airline and the crew.

    25. I found the first chapter or so a bit boring as we are taken through his upbringing and experience. But as the narrative moves into the actual QF32 accident I think it is a must read for anyone working in an operational role in commercial aviation. His experience is invaluable and many of his considerations priceless. A must read for aviation pros!

    26. I like the description of what happened on the flight. Although I'm not sure if the author has truly stating all the facts in front of the readers, I admire the courage and professionalism of the flight deck and crew. I should be fair to them as they really have done a great job in making sure the plane was landed safely.

    27. A strangely compelling read, and almost enough to make me fly Qantas again. It's not the best written book in the literary sense, and there was a bit too much personal history ans so on in the first part, but the account of the actual incident is gripping, even though you know what happens in the end.

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