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QF32 [Kindle Edition]

Richard de Crespigny
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Book Description

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.

Winner of ABIA Awards for Best General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2013 and Indie Awards' Best Non-fiction 2012

Shortlisted ABIA Awards' Book of the Year 2013

Product Details

  • File Size: 11362 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (August 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KTLQ5W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Aircrew have to be the best trained! August 13, 2012
By DesM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I first started reading this book I found it a bit dull as the writer gives a lengthy insight to his personal history and life journey before we get to the incident of QF32. However once I got to that stage I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the preamble was really an important part of the whole story as it gave a great understanding of the reasons for his actions. His coolness under pressure along with the rest of the crew on the aircraft heavily underlines the reason why aircrew and cabin crew must be trained to such a high standard. It's not hard to see why Qantas trained crew are so highly regarded internationally when you read this detailed account of the crews actions under extreme pressure.

The book gives an insight into the man his family, his training, professionalism and his empathy with passengers and crew, a quality sadly lacking in many cases.

I too remain puzzled by the review from The Sage which looks more like a personal attack on the author than a book review!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rivetting real life thriller - disaster avoided August 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This real-life thriller about how a Qantas Airbus A380 super jumbo landed safely after a catastrophic engine explosion was as rivetting as most of the fictional adventure thrillers that I read normally. While there is a lot of technical detail most of it is essential to be able to understand what happened.

On 4 November 2010 Qantas flight QF32 with 469 people on board left Singapore on a routine flight to Sydney. Just before the Captain (Richard de Crespigny) turned off the seatbelts sign there was a double explosion in Engine 2 that sent metal shrapnel through the wing and fuel tanks and damaged or wrecked many of the computer controlled flying systems.

Captain de Crespigny has written a comprehensive description of what happened that day and how his team of very experienced pilots and superb cabin staff prevented what could have been the largest air disaster ever. He has written the book as a partial autobiography which describes his personal and flying experiences that helped him handle this unbelievable situation. Despite all of the traumas, De Crespigny still believes that the A380 is one of the safest planes in the sky, especially as it could survive damage that would almost certainly have caused other planes to crash.

The Captain and his crew were faced with an explosion and failure of Engine 2 which resulted in degrading of the performance and power of Engines 1 and 4 and failure of reverse thrust in one of the 2 enabled engines. Many hydraulic systems failed as the shrapnel cut wiring controls. Fuel pumps failed and there were more than 14 fuel leaks. The landing gear could only be set by gravity. There were 77 penetrations of the wing and 500 impacts on the fuselage by the shrapnel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A horror story with a happy ending July 25, 2012
By Tim
Format:Kindle Edition
Major incidents in the air rarely end in a happy ending. Reading this gave me a good insight in what the WHOLE crew did to ensure the aircraft landed safely. Well done to them all. An easy read mixing narrative and facts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QF32 - The day 469 people won the Pools! August 12, 2012
By El Bong
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not sure what The Sage was reading but the 'QF32' that I purchased had me enthralled all the way through! Isn't it reassuring to the travelling public to learn that those faceless (except now for Captain De Crespigny!) pilots up the front are so extensively trained...and motivated? I'm involved in the facilitation of crew resource management training where aircrew learn how and when they are likely to make an error and how they can function as the most effective team. I can therefore unconditionally recommend using Captain De Crespigny's QF32 story as an ideal case study to demonstrate how a highly skilled, highly motivated and well led team can overcome what an individual or dysfunctional team would find insurmountable. Exceptional situational awareness, risk management techniques, task prioritisation and an obvious compassion for his fellow man are some of the tools Captain De Crespigny had available to him in those dark and challenging hours at the helm of QF32...and he employed them well. I can't help feeling the universe knew exactly what it was doing when it placed that incredible challenge in front of that crew. I particularly enjoyed the importance the author placed on the part played by his cabin crew and their unflappable leader Klaus. Learning how life had prepared the author to handle the QF32 emergency was icing on the cake to me. Guess what? He's only human after all, so he makes mistakes. This gives us all hope! So do yourself a big favour and read 'QF32'. If you're a nervous flyer, you might not be quite so nervous in future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 26, 2012
By Anon
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the guy I would want in the cockpit of any plane I was on! I found the book enthralling - I loved the technical details, the gripping account and the author's modesty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man and machine together saving hundreds of lives August 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading this book about a near aviation disaster made me feel safer flying. Despite the fact that they had luck in their favour (with the chance of crew) the passengers on this flight were on one of the most advance passenger jets in the air, and this helped the plane survive an otherwise catastrophic failure. The actions of all the cabin crew speak to the importance of training, experience and courage. Despite writing about a well known incident the author (who was the pilot) manages to bring suspense to his tale. I was surprised such a technical book could be so engaging.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I had heard of the engine explosion but was not aware of all the other problems. Fascinating and well written.
Published 1 day ago by Joseph B. Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars being a follower of air crash investigations and having met ...
being a follower of air crash investigations and having met the guy I was most fascinated by the detail and the way the problems were solved.
Published 1 month ago by Ian Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read! read it all in 24 hours!
Amazing review of events of an amazing team and leadership skills! Recommended to all who love aviation and the thrill of flight!
Published 1 month ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good biography and details of the event.
Published 1 month ago by Princy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little long in getting to the point
Good but a little long in getting to the point. Also, when the captain is telling the story, you get the opinion he hardly ever kept the passengers appraised of what was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rod
3.0 out of 5 stars A good yard
Not a bad read though it does meander through his life and career in considerable detail (across 13 chapters) prior to getting to the actual flight you are there to hear about. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Garth Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A book you can't put down, riveting. Whatever pilots get paid they deserve every cent,what a hero.
Published 5 months ago by James Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
It is likely that those who buy this book already know how things went, but it is also exciting for the life of the protagonist. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bizzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read but gets a bit repetitive in places
Published 5 months ago by Neil Guthrie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Haven 't finished yet
Published 5 months ago by Ian Kirk
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