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Macmillan, Aug 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
In 2010, what began as a routine long-haul flight from Singapore to Sydney came within a knife-edge of becoming one of the world’s worst ever air disaster. When a sudden mid-air explosion shattered engine no. 2 of the Qantas A380 –the largest and most advanced passenger plane ever built – shrapnel ripped through the wing and fuselage creating chaos as it destroyed vital flight systems. In other hands, the plane might have been lost with all 466 people on board, but a supremely experienced flight crew, led by Captain Richard De Crespigny managed to safely land it after hours of nerve-wracking effort. This is the riveting, blow-by-blow story of QF 32, and how a mortally wounded plane was saved.

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Fascinating blow by blow account of the catastrophic engine failure aboard the world's largest and newest passenger jet, the A-380, as told by the captain of the flight. On 4 November 2010, Qantas ... Read full review

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I highly recommend this book. Richard De Crespigny writes as well as he flies. The first half of the book is devoted to his early years and time in the RAAF - all relevant to his later career with ... Read full review


General Declaration
First Flight
Planes Balloons and Duels
With Wings as Eagles
Chapter4 Wombat Airlines
The Road to Cairo
Twenty Minutes of Fame
Apollo 13
IfYou Cant Trim You Cant Fly Chapter 20 Housekeeping
It Wont Do
Through the Looking Glass
Its Now or Never
Threading the Eye of a Needle
Round Phase 11

Steam Power
The Far Side
The Armstrong Spiral HAC
QF32 Down
ECAM Armageddon
Qantas is Not Going to Like This
Stub Pipe
Appendix1 Letters and Emails Richard received from Passengers on QF32
Appendix2 A380 Specifications

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About the author (2012)

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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