Flight of a hero

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

Cap­tain Richard de Crespigny be­came a hero the day he saved the lives of al­most 500 peo­ple. To­mor­row in Man­ning, he will share how an ex­plo­sion on the A380 he was pi­lot­ing led him to be­come an au­thor as he launches a tel­lall book.

RENOWNED cap­tain Richard de Crespigny be­came a hero the day he saved the lives of al­most 500 peo­ple.

Hum­bled by the new­found ti­tle, Mr de Crespigny will share his story of re­main­ing calm dur­ing a hor­rific ex­pe­ri­ence at the Man­ning Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to­mor­row as he launches his new book FLY!

The tell-all book re­veals how the com­mer­cial pi­lot drew on more than 40 years ex­pe­ri­ence and built re­silience in a time when a cat­a­strophic ex­plo­sion rocked the A380 plane he was con­trol­ling en route from Syd­ney for Sin­ga­pore on No­vem­ber 4, 2010.

Mr de Crespigny and his team re­mained calm and safely landed the plane two hours af­ter take-off, with all 469 pas­sen­gers and crew mem­bers es­cap­ing in­jury.

He said his book ad­dresses crit­i­cal el­e­ments that build re­silience.

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