Airways Magazine

Black Swan Event: Interview with Captain Richard de Crespigny—Part 2

 Breaking News
  • Boeing Extends Temporary Production Suspension MIAMI – Boeing extends the temporary suspension of production operations at its Puget Sound area and Moses Lake facilities until further notice, prioritizing the health and safety of its employees...
  • London Heathrow To Close Two Terminals MIAMI – London Heathrow Airport (LHR) will close two of its four terminals starting April 6 due to low air traffic amid the COVID-19 crisis. However, the airport’s two newest...

Black Swan Event: Interview with Captain Richard de Crespigny—Part 2

Black Swan Event: Interview with Captain Richard de Crespigny—Part 2
June 30
11:00 2015

MIAMI — “I think the Australian culture contributes greatly to the piloting community. Australians have descended from convicts that were dispatched from England. So there is a bit of convict blood in most Australians. We have a bit of a rascally attitude, and we have a healthy disrespect for authority just by itself. To be respected, you have to be respectable. And leaders need to build respect to be respected. So, Australians will always challenge authority, and have that great rascal attitude. And what that means is that Australians are happy to say Stop.” –Qantas A380 Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny.

Captain de Crespigny flies the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, for Qantas Airways. On November 4, 2010, on Flight QF32 from Singapore to Sydney, he and his crew suffered what is called a “Black Swan event.”

A “black swan” is an event so rare as to be unpredictable, but one that comes with major consequences. For example, 9/11, or the Black Monday financial market meltdown.

The lessons of QF32 apply to anyone who is working in a high-risk environment that needs leadership and teamwork to survive. Actually, everyone who works in a place where failure is not an option.

In an amazing demonstration of airmanship, CRM and determination, Captain de Crespigny and crew saved the ship and its passengers, who all walked safely away, with not a single injury.

Best-selling author of the award-winning book, QF32, Captain de Crespigny is now a worldwide sought-after speaker.

This is the second part of his story.

 

Comments
0
20
fb-share-icon20

About Author

Eric Auxier

Eric Auxier

Airbus A321 Captain with over 22,000 flight hours, and 37 years flying for a major US airline. Plenty of experience in Alaskan and Caribbean skies, and popular aviation blogger and author of nine books. Scored Amazon's "Top 100 Breakthrough Novels" for "The Last Bush Pilots."

Related Articles

Current Issue

Cart

Subscribe to our weekly Newsletter

Polls

If you had a booked trip today, would you cancel it because of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

@airwaysmagazine

Airways YouTube Channel

Polls

If you had a booked trip today, would you cancel it because of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
0