OFFICIAL AIRSHOW KICK-OFF PROGRAM Sunday Evening, July 19, 7:00 p.m. Theater in the Woods AN EVENING WITH CHAMPIONS
Early into the Singapore to Sydney leg of flight QF32, one of four engines exploded. The damage to the aircraft was extensive causing dozens of emergencies and making a safe landing questionable. -- Captain Richard de Crespigny was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. In 1975, at age 17, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force Academy, flying one year later. After 11 years with the RAAF he left to join Qantas, flying B747s.
Starting 2008, he flew A380s, as one of Qantas’ most senior captains. On November 4, 2010, at the control of the world’s largest and most advanced commercial jetliner, he and his fellow officers were faced with their greatest flying challenges. Early into the Singapore to Sydney leg of flight QF32, one of four engines exploded. The damage to the aircraft was extensive causing dozens of emergencies and making a safe landing questionable. Ensuring that 460 passengers remained calm, Richard also had a mammoth task on the flight deck to keep the aircraft flying. For two hours, the crew (technical and cabin) planned how to stabilize the damage, configure the overweight aircraft, then maneuver towards Changi Airport. After a miraculous landing, a recalcitrant engine refused to shut down. Fuel leaking near white hot brakes was a new environment for disaster. Passengers remained on board for two grueling hours before they were safely disembarked. His autobiography QF32 tells the story in gripping detail. A best-seller, it won three prestigious book awards. An Australian hero, his likable personality and delivery has made him one of the world's most sought-after speakers on crisis management, leadership, problem- solving and teamwork.
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