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Hero QF32 pilot who saved 440 passengers when engine exploded in mid-air reveals how "picture-book day" turned to terror

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A hero Qantas pilot who saved 440 passengers when his superjumbo's engine exploded in mid-air has revealed how a "picture-book" day turned to terror. Captain Richard de Crespigny was about to turn off the seatbelt sign on Flight QF32 when he heard a "relatively small" boom just four minutes after takeoff. A second later, he heard an enormous boom that was unlike anything he'd ever heard before - and suddenly found himself in a life-or-death emergency. (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

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dee9bee
dee9bee 5
I hate to be impolite, but haven't we covered this? Did he write a SECOND book about the incident?
petercraddy
Peter Craddy 1
Kind of - https://qf32.aero/2018/08/31/finally-fly-is-airborne/
bentleg
Graham Bentley 2
Old news. Happened years ago and a book QF32 was written at the time. A great read. The plane was almost uncontrollable after the incident as some of the control inputs were lost and fuel was spewing out the wing. The plane has since been repaired and returned to service.
arans
Henrique Motta 1
It was not almost uncontrollable as the autopilot was working fine as far as I remember from his book.
millllie
Janet Lindrea 1
Old News....But very interesting tho, glad the plane is all ok now. I enjoy seeing video's from before I joined Flightware
michailka
Я изумлен.Very impressed.
bentleg
Graham Bentley 1
He has written another book.
MickLucas
William Lucas 1
The same day that happened I booked a flight to Heathrow from Melbourne on and A380, deliberately, BECAUSE I am aware of Richard de Crespigny as the head pilot of Qantas. The day we flew out the flight was delayed, and de Crespigny came to the boarding lounge and told us one engine had an oil leak, the same one that caused the explosion! He said he would fly with us to Singapore to keep an eye on the repairs, which took over three hours. Not a problem, and it was actually the first airplane flight for both me and my wife, but we had confidence in Qantas.
666adt
Andrew Turnbull 0
Would've liked to have been told early in this story - like, in the first sentence, not a full third of the way into the story - that this event happened 8 years ago. I'm not of the aviation world, so I thought it was new news, not old news.
CecilyPacanin
Cecily Pacanin 0
Hello world!...have an awesome weekend everyone.

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rayharrop
Ray Harrop 10
Listen wingnut....you should read the book "QF32" then you can make an informed comment before shooting off your mouth.
mattchewwebb
mattchewwebb 6
Except when the engine explodes and damages many critical systems in the aircraft, as happened in this case.
straitman
Bill MacCubbin 6
You have obviously not read up about what really happened are have a very good aviation knowledge base. If it was a simple engine failure you would probably have not even heard about this incident.
dee9bee
dee9bee 5
I read the book the Captain wrote a couple years ago. To be fair, there was a lot more going on than one blown engine.
airnrail
John Watson 5
While this an old story and the Captain does not mind a bit of publicity where ever he can get it, I think your comment is crass. Do you fly anything other than a simulator program on a clapped-out PC or perhaps a drone? You sure as hell don't fly airliners.

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