Jan. 11 evening presentation with Capt. Richard de Crespigny  


SEATTLE, Dec. 28, 2011--On Jan. 11, an heroic airline captain will tell the story about how he and his crew successfully dealt with an in-flight emergency that could have been one of the biggest disasters in airline history. In November 2010, Qantas flight 32 was en route from Singapore to Australia with an Airbus 380 super jumbo jet with 459 people onboard. One of the four engines exploded, resulting in unprecedented damage to the airplane and its systems. Qantas Capt. Richard de Crespigny will be at the Museum to discuss how he and his crew stabilized the damage and then maneuvered the impaired aircraft to a safe landing at Changi Airport in Singapore.

Flight 32's extraordinary emergency wasn't over when the aircraft landed. De Crespigny's presentation will also address the rationale for his decisions in the air and on the ground that resulted in the safe return of the passengers and the airplane. The program is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $10 for Museum members.


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