Hero Qantas captain Richard de Crespigny launches book FLY! in South Perth

Captain Richard de Crespigny.
Captain Richard de Crespigny.

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 resilience at a time when a catastrophic explosion rocked the Qantas A380 plane he was controlling en route from Sydney for Singapore on November 4, 2010.

In the cockpit, 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.

Mr de Crespigny said from what could have been an utter catastrophe, it was quick thinking and teamwork that averted crisis.

He said his book addresses critical elements that build resilience that could be taken into both professional and personal settings.

“My aim is to show you how to develop your resilience and sharpen your skills to enable you to deal with whatever life throws at you,” he said.

THE ESSENTIALS

Manning Community Centre

2 Conochie Crescent, Manning

Wednesday, September 26 at 6.30pm

Tickets $6 plus booking fee at eventbrite.com.au