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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 Champion 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

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4.7 / 5
a really good read
February 8th, 2015
I very much enjoyed reading this - a great adventure tale that was difficult to out down. The story focuses on the cockpit activities which was very interesting and nerve-wracking. I would have liked to have heard more about what was going on inside the passenger area, which was almost entirely missing from the book. There were a couple of other downsides - rather repetitive throughout with listing the technical problems and a bit too much Qantas chest thumping. But overall a really great read. Those pilots are very clever & amazingly brave blokes, and real heroes. I imagine that there was a lot of bravery and professionalism shown by the cabin crew also, but not much is mentioned about them in this book which is a shame.
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Amazing Insights
May 15th, 2013
A riveting read - factual, balanced and positive. Gave me great insight into the complexity of these wonderful technological birds, pride in the depth f training these guys undertake. Well done!
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Couldn't put it down.
February 17th, 2013
As a recently qualified private pilot considering a career change to aviation I found this book a fascinating read. Highly recommended for any pilot of any level, or anyone with an interest in aviation human factors.
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