Richard de Crespigny

Richard de Crespigny is arguably Australia’s best-known commercial airline pilot. He’s also one of the nation’s outstanding corporate speakers.

The Qantas A380 captain was at the control of the world’s largest and most advanced commercial jetliner when he and his fellow officers were faced with their greatest challenge in early November 2010.

In the very early stages of the Singapore/Sydney leg of flight QF32, one of the aircraft’s four engines exploded.

The damage to the aircraft was extensive. On top of ensuring that its 440 passengers remained calm during the ordeal, Richard de Crespigny had a mammoth task on the flight deck to keep the aircraft in the air and then get it back on the ground. For two hours he and his fellow crew (technical and cabin) remained calm as they planned to stabilise the damage, configure the overweight aircraft, then manoeuvre it towards Changi Airport in Singapore.

Once safely on the ground, a recalcitrant engine refused to shut down, fuel was leaking near white hot brakes and a new environment was set for potential disaster. Passengers remained on board for two nervous hours before they safely disembarked.

The incident brought into play Richard de Crespigny’s considerable skills involving teamwork, leadership, crisis management and problem solving – and putting many years of highly-skilled training into practice. A combination of these factors now provide the theme of his corporate presentations that have seen him address some of the world’s largest and most important industry and corporate groups.

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01 / 26 / 2016

By Tim Barlass, The Sydney Morning Herald   Qantas A380 pilot Richard de Crespigny is appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. Photo: Wolter Peeters The planned second airport for Sydney should be named the ”Sydney Nancy Bird Walton International Airport” after the Australian aviatrix according to feted Qantas captain Richard de Crespigny of flight QF32 fame, who [...]

10 / 13 / 2015

As the fifth anniversary nears of one of the most dramatic events in world aviation, Richard de Crespigny, the Qantas A380 captain who averted a potential major aircraft disaster, is busily putting the final touches to a second book. His first book QF32, which tells of the drama aboard the world’s largest and most-advanced commercial [...]

12 / 30 / 2014

By Tony J. Hughes This is an unlikely but true story about iconic brands being protected by an amazing airline captain, the power of social media, and how to create customer-centric culture. Every enterprise can learn much from this story as it exemplifies the incredible benefits of empowering and trusting employees to not only do their job but also [...]

10 / 29 / 2014

Captain Richard de Crespigny, the award–winning author, internationally-acclaimed speaker, coach and Qantas A380 pilot has signed his next book to Penguin Australia. Numerous global television specials continue to flow from the success of his best-selling book “QF32″; highlighting team performance that saved 469 lives on board the world’s largest aircraft in late 2010, and reinforcing  Richard de Crespigny as an expert in leadership and crisis management. Arguably one of the [...]

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