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A hero's stress fracture (pilot who saved hundreds after Airbus explosion)
Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 22nd July 2012 | Jennifer Sexton

Posted on 07/21/2012 10:50:19 AM PDT by naturalman1975

The pilot who saved the lives of hundreds on a crippled jet should have felt elated but, as he tells Jennifer Sexton, he descended into grief and self-doubt in the months that followed

Richard Champion de Crespigny was about to turn off the Airbus's seatbelt sign on the climb out of Singapore when engine two on QF32 blew up like a cluster bomb. In his hands were the lives of 469 Sydney-bound passengers and crew.

The former RAAF pilot of 35 years' experience then captained a four-hour nightmare on board a catastrophically damaged Qantas plane. The 55-year-old not only brought the A380 named Nancy-Bird Walton to safety with a wing ripped open like a sardine can, its massive belly and 600 electrical wires shredded, but also manually cushioned it into the runway in a near-perfect landing.

Everyone walked off unscathed.

But back at his hotel room at 2am, the emotional scars began to form for de Crespigny.

"After the incident I think I was so shell-shocked," he tells Agenda in a revealing interview to mark the release of QF32, his gripping book on the incident. "You're running on adrenalin and cortisol and that keeps you active."

Two hours in the air was like getting hammered into the ground under a pole driver, he recalled.

But it got worse. On the tarmac the electrics failed, there was no airconditioning in the midday sun at Changi Airport. Fuel had gushed from the plane and engine one was roaring and whirring and refusing to stop. He ordered everyone to stay on board as it was safer than the runway. It would be another two hours before the last passenger could disembark.

"We had a debrief in the hotel with the cabin crew that went until midnight (the bar tab was $4000),"

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: a380

And the crew got it down on the ground with everybody safe.

1 posted on 07/21/2012 10:50:23 AM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

How come Bruce Willis never has this problem?


2 posted on 07/21/2012 10:56:18 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: naturalman1975

I like how they had a $4000 bar-bill afterwards.

Oi! Oi! Oi!


3 posted on 07/21/2012 10:58:26 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: naturalman1975

Typical pilot. He’s dissatisfied that he didn’t do it better.


4 posted on 07/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1277 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: naturalman1975
God bless Captain de Crespigny, and comfort him.
5 posted on 07/21/2012 11:13:04 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: naturalman1975

Tried to reply, but this Samsung phone sucks. GalaxyII Epic blows for ‘net


6 posted on 07/21/2012 11:20:17 AM PDT by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: thoolou

Suprised that worked. EVO works every time. Samsung sucks.


7 posted on 07/21/2012 11:25:10 AM PDT by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: naturalman1975
This hole:

Is on the OPPOSITE side of the plane from the broken engine.

It is an exit hole, I could find no images of the entrance hole or holes...

8 posted on 07/21/2012 11:26:45 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1277 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: naturalman1975
Um, how come I can't find the name of the engine manufacturer in the article? Did I miss it?

Isn't that like one of the main things one would want to know, followed by who did the maintenance? Or lack thereof?

9 posted on 07/21/2012 11:31:35 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Rolls Royce


10 posted on 07/21/2012 11:44:58 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1277 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: naturalman1975
I found a few more pics:


Photo: Damage to electrical wiring located in the leading edge of the left wing (punctured by debris)


Photo: Left wing fuel tank damage (punctured by debris)

These were from an interesting preliminary report on QF32: http://blog.flightstory.net/1585/qantas-qf32-preliminary-report/

11 posted on 07/21/2012 11:51:25 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: naturalman1975

Crew performance aside, the plane proved it was capable and had enough layers of safety to withstand the explosion.

We remember another engine explosion on a DC-10 which rendered the plane’s hydraulics useless. That heroic crew saved 60% of the souls on board by crash landing in Iowa.

This Quantas plane was controllable.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 12:19:45 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: null and void

That’s a different aircraft (747-400) and a different incident.


13 posted on 07/21/2012 12:24:22 PM PDT by adnoid
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To: adnoid

Thanks!


14 posted on 07/21/2012 12:36:29 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1277 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: freedumb2003

The bottom two photos show the same hole from opposite sides.

That means the fuel poured out of the tank over the shredded wiring.

Please, whatever you do, DO NOT compare this to the center fuel tank on Flt 800.


15 posted on 07/21/2012 12:41:22 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1277 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: cicero2k
We remember another engine explosion on a DC-10 which rendered the plane’s hydraulics useless.

The DC-10 is without a doubt the worst engineered modern passenger jet. It's successor, the MD-11 isn't much better. At least now when they crash, it's carrying cargo instead of passengers.

16 posted on 07/21/2012 12:48:29 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: naturalman1975

I will NEVER willingly fly on any Airbus product.


17 posted on 07/21/2012 12:56:52 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: Moonman62

The engine falling off of the DC-10 was due to the maintenance crew cutting corners in how they removed engines, not a design flaw.

The airlines that followed the best recommended procedures did not damage and overstress the pins holding the engine on.


18 posted on 07/21/2012 1:04:34 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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Keep FR Running
Counter the MSM spin machine.

19 posted on 07/21/2012 1:14:21 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: naturalman1975
a monkey can sit in the pilot's seat when it's on autopilot, it's when the SHTF that i want a good pilot at the wheel... God Bless this man
20 posted on 07/21/2012 1:27:55 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: naturalman1975
Richard Champion de Crespigny was about to turn off the Airbus's seatbelt sign on the climb out of Singapore when engine two on QF32 blew up like a cluster bomb. In his hands were the lives of 469 Sydney-bound passengers and crew.

Why didn't he rturn to Singapore instead of continuing on a four hour flight?

21 posted on 07/21/2012 1:57:50 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: MikeSteelBe
The engine falling off of the DC-10 was due to the maintenance crew cutting corners in how they removed engines, not a design flaw.

That wasn't the only problem with the DC-10. A contributing factor in that accident was key instruments weren't duplicated on both sides of the cockpit. The DC-10 also had major cargo door problems among other things.

The MD-11 will crash and burn if you land it too hard on one of the gears in a crosswind. The gear will puncture the fuel tank and shear the wing off the aircraft. That's happened to one passenger jet and Fedex has done it twice.

22 posted on 07/21/2012 2:10:56 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Burning off fuel?


23 posted on 07/21/2012 2:14:16 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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