January 20, 2012, Alexandria, VA — In an article appearing today in the latest issue of AeroSafety World (available at flightsafety.org) , editor J. A. Donoghue writes about Qantas Flight 32, as told by pilot-in-command Richard de Crespigny. Capt. de Crespigny was the keynote speaker at the Foundation’s International Air Safety Seminar in Singapore last November and sat down with ASW for a lengthy interview.
QF 32 took off from Singapore’s Changi Airport on November 4, 2010 and experienced an uncontained engine failure as it climbed through 7,000 feet. With the effort of the four other pilots who were in the cockpit with him, Capt. de Crespigny successfully landed the damaged A380 back at Changi; no one was injured.
“While we’ve all read the investigative reports and the news articles about this incident, hearing about the entire experience directly from the pilot-in-command is not to be missed,” commented Mr. Donoghue.
Mr. Donoghue’s entire interview with Capt. de Crespigny is available for viewing on the Foundation’s Web site. “In addition to the gripping story from Capt. de Crespigny, we also were able to sit down with Qantas Customer Service Manager Michael Von Reth,” Mr. Donoghue said. “His story is about keeping 469 passengers and crew members informed about the situation and calm. His actions leading the cabin crew were remarkable. His interview is available for viewing as well.”
The article can be downloaded here: http://flightsafety.org/aerosafety-world-magazine/december-2011-january-2012/a-black-swan-event
The videos of the interviews can be seen here: http://flightsafety.org/media-center/news
The latest issue of ASW can be downloaded at flightsafety.org
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