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QF32 : The Captain's Extraordinary Account of How One of the World's Worst Air Disasters Was Averted - Richard De Crespigny

QF32

The Captain's Extraordinary Account of How One of the World's Worst Air Disasters Was Averted

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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 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.

About the Author

Melbourne born and educated Richard De Crespigny got his first taste of a future flying career as a fourteen year old when his father took his on a tour of the RAAD Academy at Point Cook in Victoria.

In 1975, aged seventeen, he joined the RAAF. One year later, he started flying. During his eleven years with the RAAF, he was seconded as Aide-de-Camp to two Australian Governors-General – Sir Zelman Cowen and Sir Ninian Stephen. Richard remained with the RAAF until 1986 when he joined Qantas.

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QF32
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Informative (10)
  • Well written (8)
  • Inspirational (7)
  • Deserves multiple readings (5)
  • Relevant (5)

Cons

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  • Gift (8)
  • Older readers (6)
  • Reference (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Everyday reader (8), Casual reader (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Gift for Everybody

I had to order this book immediately after hearing Richard Champion de Crespigny being interviewed by Dr. Norman Swan on ABC Radio's Late Night Live (in Phillip Adams' absence). In it,...Read complete review

I had to order this book immediately after hearing Richard Champion de Crespigny being interviewed by Dr. Norman Swan on ABC Radio's Late Night Live (in Phillip Adams' absence). In it, Richard, the pilot, talks about his formative life experiences which would ultimately see him in control of an aircraft that was barely controllable. His leadership, passion for flying, skills in aviation technology, and, just as importantly, his love and concern for people, are highlighted in this brilliantly written work. This is a gift disguised as a book, in which are contained profound lessons for people of every status - for leaders and aspiring leaders, for all airline staff, for all workers, for the elderly and the young, for tech-geeks, and adrenaline freaks, for parents and their children, for students and educators, economists, business people, psychologists, and the list goes on. Sure, there are pages and pages of what seemed to me highly technical material. However, in reading through this I could understand that the author was trying to make it clear to every reader that we are never going to know everything, but we can stack the odds in our favour by making it a duty to ourselves to learn as much as we can and then to apply that knowledge while coordinating with all professional expertise available. I am grateful to the author and all those associated with this writing venture, as I am grateful to all those who participated in this remarkable story.

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Should be advertised as a biography....

more like the captain's biography and family history. The central focus, one would assume, is overall detailed coverage of the events outlining the near fatal aviation disaster.

Disappointingly, this only...Read complete review

more like the captain's biography and family history. The central focus, one would assume, is overall detailed coverage of the events outlining the near fatal aviation disaster.

Disappointingly, this only accounts for a very small portion of the text. The captain (author) leisurely utilizes the first 80 or so pages to describe his distinguished aviation career, family history, his ancenstary and how the surname "champion de crispigny" came to be.

This text is very much so overpowered by a sense of biography...

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5.0

The right man in the right place

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from Sydney AUS

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Pros

  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

Cons

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      Comments about QF32:

      This is a pretty impressive read. You feel at times that you are in the cockpit with the crew (I'm glad I wasn't though). 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. At times, the detail in the book is quite overwhelming and he must have considered long and hard as to how to portray this for the everyday reader. But I think he made the right choice to be more technical because otherwise it would have been quite superficial and less real, even if I personally didn't understand many of the aviation terms. He is clearly an outstanding individual; he writes with great feeling and empathy and blends this very well with his technical knowledge. His recollection of events is quite amazing; he took no notes during the ordeal and yet his recollections are as if he is able to remember every minute and part thereof. I loved this and as a flyer who doesn't like flying so much, it actually gives me more confidence than less; this was an extreme event and as he outlines in the book, very unlikely to be repeated. The A380 is a magnificent plane with incredible safety features that ultimately saved everyone on board.

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      4.0

      Fascinating

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      from Melbourne

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      • Inspirational
      • Relevant
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
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        Comments about QF32:

        Very interesting reading. An amazing story of a disaster averted by skilful pilots.

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        1.0

        If only it were true

        By 

        from Sydney

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            Comments about QF32:

            The book is well written but is written to promote the author's self interest. I know from my own research that the QF32 event did not occur exactly as described and is written the way it would have been handled by a captain in a perfect world. The truth is the other pilots on board that day played a more significant roll in saving the aircraft than the captain. They, however, have chosen not to self-promote in public like the captain. The captain's story simply is not the way it really happened.

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            5.0

            Compelling

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            from Sydney

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            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative

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              Comments about QF32:

              Compelling whether you sit in the cockpit, passenger compartment or lookup from the ground. A must have.

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              4.0

              A bit like an autobiography

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              from Adelaide

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              Cons

              • Detailed Read

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              Comments about QF32:

              Very interesting read, almost like a focused autobiography.

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              3.0

              Should be advertised as a biography....

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              from Melbourne

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              Pros

              • Informative

              Cons

              • Not What I Expected

              Best Uses

                Comments about QF32:

                more like the captain's biography and family history. The central focus, one would assume, is overall detailed coverage of the events outlining the near fatal aviation disaster.

                Disappointingly, this only accounts for a very small portion of the text. The captain (author) leisurely utilizes the first 80 or so pages to describe his distinguished aviation career, family history, his ancenstary and how the surname "champion de crispigny" came to be.

                This text is very much so overpowered by a sense of biography...

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Gift for Everybody

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                from Gold Coast

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Understand
                • Informative
                • Inspirational
                • Relevant
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Older Readers
                  • Reference
                  • Special Needs
                  • Travel Reading
                  • Younger Readers

                  Comments about QF32:

                  I had to order this book immediately after hearing Richard Champion de Crespigny being interviewed by Dr. Norman Swan on ABC Radio's Late Night Live (in Phillip Adams' absence). In it, Richard, the pilot, talks about his formative life experiences which would ultimately see him in control of an aircraft that was barely controllable. His leadership, passion for flying, skills in aviation technology, and, just as importantly, his love and concern for people, are highlighted in this brilliantly written work. This is a gift disguised as a book, in which are contained profound lessons for people of every status - for leaders and aspiring leaders, for all airline staff, for all workers, for the elderly and the young, for tech-geeks, and adrenaline freaks, for parents and their children, for students and educators, economists, business people, psychologists, and the list goes on. Sure, there are pages and pages of what seemed to me highly technical material. However, in reading through this I could understand that the author was trying to make it clear to every reader that we are never going to know everything, but we can stack the odds in our favour by making it a duty to ourselves to learn as much as we can and then to apply that knowledge while coordinating with all professional expertise available. I am grateful to the author and all those associated with this writing venture, as I am grateful to all those who participated in this remarkable story.

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Book for Husband

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                  from nsw

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                    Comments about QF32:

                    Product is very good and easy to read and share

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                    This book was delived in double quick time, my husband was over the moon.

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                    5.0

                    I would definitely buy this book

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                    from Melbourne au

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                    • Easy To Understand
                    • Informative
                    • Inspirational
                    • Well Written

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                      Comments about QF32:

                      Enjoyed the book so much have lent it to two friends already found it very interesting

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                      5.0

                      Gripping

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                      from Bungendore NSW

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                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Easy To Understand
                      • Informative
                      • Inspirational
                      • Relevant
                      • Well Written

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                        Best Uses

                        • Gift
                        • Older Readers
                        • Reference

                        Comments about QF32:

                        How do I use the product? I use it by reading it.
                        It's interesting. I am a slow reader and haven't even got to the take-off from Singapore yet, but Richard's family history and his upbringing are of interest, and he has a spicy political story to tell of when he was an ADC to the Governor-General.

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                        Yes to all 3.

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                        ISBN: 9781742611174
                        ISBN-10: 1742611176
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 368
                        Published: 1st August 2012
                        Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
                        Country of Publication: AU
                        Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 3.0
                        Weight (kg): 0.57
                        Edition Number: 1