QF32 is the award winning bestseller from Richard de Crespigny, author of the forthcoming Fly!: Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32
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 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
QF32 is a great book to read, and well laid out with facts peppered throughout. Highly recommended.
For someone that doesn't read a lot I struggled to put it down. Anyone in the industry looking for inspiration this book is full of it. What an amazing story. I will be recommending it to everyone I fly with and also taking a few quotes to my next airline interview :-). Thank you Richard.
I haven't even finished the book yet but can tell you it's a must read. I've been stuck to it for a few days now and it's well written, interesting and this bloke seems to be just a really nice, switched on and professional guy. I fly heaps with Qantas so I am glad they have guys like this looking after me.