- In November 2010, Richard De Crespigny was the pilot of the Qantas Singapore/Sydney flight when one of the engines exploded. He saved 460 lives when they were able to safely land the aircraft in Singapore.
- The incident brought into play Richard de Crespigny’s considerable skills involving teamwork, problem solving, judgement, knowledge, experience and putting years of highly-skilled training into practice.
- Captain de Crespigny flew the 747 Jumbo for 18 years and was the first line captain to convert to the world's largest passenger aircraft - the Airbus 380 - in 2008.
- Melbourne-born and educated Captain de Crespigny joined Qantas in 1986 following a career with the Royal Australian Air Force. During his time with the RAAF, he acted as Aide-de-Camp to two former Governor Generals Sir Zelman Cowen and Sir Ninian Stephen.
- Author of best seller, QF32 and his second recently published book, Fly.
- Made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2016
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