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Nancy-Bird tech log handover pictorial report

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 21, 2012
Alan Milne, head of operations logistics shows Qantas CEO Alan Joyce the technical log for the repaired VH-OQA, with QF32 captain, Captain Richard de Crespigny watching on.

Qantas Engineering representatives ceremoniously handed over the technical log book for repaired Airbus A380 VH-OQA Nancy-Bird Walton in Singapore on Saturday morning, ahead of the aircraft’s return to Sydney overnight.

Alan Joyce with QF32 flight and cabin crew.

VH-OQA has undergone extensive repairs in Singapore following the explosive uncontained failure of one of its Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines when operating flight QF32 from Singapore bound for Sydney in November 2010.

Media inspect the Nancy-Bird Walton in Singapore on Saturday.

After two test flights out of Singapore earlier this week VH-OQA will fly back to Sydney overnight, where it is due to land about 9.20am on Sunday morning.

Captains Richard De Crespigny and Dave Evans receive VH-OQA's technical log.

“In the test flights that have taken place it is performing better than a new aircraft would on delivery,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told media in Singapore on Saturday.

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Comments (4)

  • Akash


    Its Great to know that the big bird is back in action!! Kudos to the Maintainence team for a Job Well Done!!! Here’s wishing Quebec Alpha a long long flying service and many happy landings!!!

  • Carolyn and Derwyn Jones


    As two of the passengers on board the QF32 flight on that memorable day of November 4th 2010 and its emergency landing in Changi – we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the pilots, crew and all the ancillary services who worked together so seamlessly to produce an eventual safe landing for all the passengers. Special thanks should go to the man who spear headed the operation on the flight that day, Captain Richard de Crespigny. Without his clear minded and focused decision-making strategies the final outcome would certainly have been a very different story. The whole event was a scenario whose details became clear only after some considerable time had passed from the passenger’s perspective – due to the calmness, skills and professionalism of the crew who managed the crisis so incredibly well. Indeed, it took some time to process that the television screens in the transit lounge – with footage of the blown of engine -were detailing the events of our own particular flight!I It would be impossible to submit our gratitude personally to all those involved that day – both in the air and on the ground – and in various countries. We will always remain aware of our debt to you all (you know who you are!) and we both thank each and every one of you most sincerely.

  • Shane C


    Alan Milne, head of operations logistics shows Qantas CEO Alan Joyce the technical log for the repaired VH-OQA
    After looking at the Technical Log, Alan Joyce later said
    “What………… How much did we pay?”
    ” You did what?”
    “Couldn’t we get the parts cheaper! You better not have paid to much for the labour!!!!!”
    ” Where’s my Guinness”

  • Ron Carney


    What is being done to protect wings and internal control equipment in the event of another uncontained engine
    History is replete with unlearned lessons.

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