QF32 mishap captain to meet public

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 24, 2011

The pilot who safely landed flight QF32 in Singapore after an uncontained engine explosion last year will make a public appearance on June 2 to talk with well-wishers about his efforts.

Qantas A380 Captain Richard de Crespigny was at the controls of flight QF32, which was on its final leg of a flight from London to Sydney when one of its two port engines suffered a major malfunction over Indonesia’s Batam Island shortly after takeoff from Singapore on November 4. Leading a contingent of one first officer, one second officer and two check-captains in the cockpit, Captain de Crespigny made a successful landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport, saving the lives of all 440 passengers and 26 crew onboard.

The Australian Association of Aviation and Aerospace Industries (AAAAI) together with Monash University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering will co-host the event, with guests able to meet Captain de Crespigny and ask him questions about the incident.  “This event is an opportunity to hear a remarkable account from a pilot who has experienced and successfully navigated through several ‘outside the box’ emergency situations,” AAAAI CEO Geoff Bowmaker said in a statement.


“Captain de Crespigny will talk about his 35 year career as a pilot with special focus on the near-catastrophe. He will also provide an insight into Australia’s aviation industry, and the changes it has undergone over the past 40 years,” Bowmaker added.

Captain de Crespigny will speak at Monash University in Melbourne on June 2.

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