The Tatastan Air crash at Kazan is yet another piece of evidence that the kind of risk airlines face is changing. Perfectly serviceable aeroplanes are crashing because of pilot misjudgements or ignorance, and taking their crew and passengers to an unnecessary death. This may seem a harsh judgement to make only days after the event, […]
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The approach to runway 20C at Singapore was a cliffhanger. The crew did not know whether they could trust the performance calculations they had done because they understood they couldn’t possibly know the full extent of the aerodynamic damage the aircraft had suffered. So Richard chose to ask Singapore for a 20nm straight in final […]
We’re still airborne an hour after the engine disintegration. I’m exhausted from empathising with the stress, the confusion, the multi-layered situation facing the pilots, cabin crew, airline and passengers. CNN has already reported a possible Qantas loss.Families all over the world are freaking out. Onboard (believe me, I’m onboard) we’re still going through the ECAM […]
This morning I received a review copy of Capt Richard Champion de Crespigny’s book about Qantas flight 32, the Airbus A380 whose No 2 engine suffered catastrophic failure on departure from Singapore for Sydney. I’ll get back to you in a couple of hours with a verdict, but right now the bits about handling the […]
Much as Qantas’ Capt Richard Champion de Crespigny has praised the A380′s ability to absorb massive damage and still fly safely, he says the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will provide Airbus with plenty of food for thought when it publishes the report of its investigation into the QF32 engine failure event in November last year. It’s not […]
Last Friday Capt Richard Champion de Crespigny arrived at Qantas’s London regional headquarters in Hammersmith to give the staff a personal account of the day in November 2010 when his Airbus A380 suffered a catastrophic engine failure. I won’t rehearse yet again the technical detail of this well-documented event, but I will quote de Crespigny’s words to the Australian media early this year describing what happened when his No […]
Travolta in the captain’s seat of his Qantas-liveried 707 Like the Grease star says in the Qantas safety video, there’s nobody I’d rather have in charge of my aeroplane than a Qantas crew. But the crew seem to be taking themselves a bit too seriously, disputing Travolta’s use – in the video – of the […]
On a warm night in 1950 a four-year-old boy, holding his father’s hand in manly solidarity, walked through the echoing terminal at Sydney‘s Mascot airfield and out across the pan. A long-legged Qantas Super Connie stood waiting in a halo of light, avgas fumes heavy in the humid air. Together the boy and his father […]
I sent the following message to Rolls-Royce’s director of corporate affairs Peter Morgan. Seven hours later I have yet to receive an acknowledgement of my message, let alone an answer: Dear Peter John Leahy (Airbus) has recently made numerous statements about Qantas’ Trent engines, including this: “In the future the computer will have software that […]
I got a call from Rolls-Royce today, which woke me up. The last one was about five years ago. It was Peter Morgan, the engine manufacturer’s director of corporate affairs. Perhaps, I hoped, he was finally going to give me some information relevant to the ongoing inquiry into the Qantas QF32 accident – the one in […]
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