Barry Leddicoat

Hero pilot releases book on ordeal

THE hero pilot, who safely landed a crippled Qantas jet after a mid-air explosion shut down one of the engines, has released a book on the terrifying ordeal.

Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny, 55, was preparing to turn off the seatbelt sign on the QF32 Sydney-bound flight when engine two exploded and a wing was torn open shortly after take-off from Singapore on November 4, 2010.

Four hours later, the captain and his crew managed to land the plane in Singapore.

All 469 passengers and crew members walked off unscathed.

Captain de Crespigny was on hand to sign autographs at the official launch of his book in Sydney this week.

In the book, the captain touches on his time as a RAAF pilot and gives a detailed account of the horror flight and the intensive therapy he needed in the months following the emergency landing.

Since the explosion, the A380 jet, named Nancy-Bird Walton, has undergone a $139 million make-over and is back in service.

Captain de Crespigny was onboard the remodelled plane when she was flown back to Sydney from Singapore in April this year.

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