After a two month trip around the world, we are finally home – but we only just made it.
My wife and I had the bad luck to wind up flying on the ‘exploding’ Qantas A380 and the good luck to survive the experience. Qantas called the incident an ‘uncontained engine failure’. Other, more matter-of-fact, people called it an ‘explosion’.
All I can say is that I feel lucky to be alive and that I call our Captain, Richard de Crespigny, an ‘absolute champion’.
He and his crew somehow managed to successfully land a wounded, malfunctioning, unbalanced A380, which was leaking fuel and carrying almost 500 passengers. He stayed calm, took control of the situation and reassured everyone else with his confidence.
He even hung around afterwards to answer everyone’s questions and gave out his mobile phone number in case we had any questions or problems later… Champion.
I must apologise to our readers for the rather long hiatus. I had planned to write some posts that could be published while I was away, but my real job got in the way and I didn’t find the time to do so before leaving.
In addition there were some technical problems which Younggil needed me to fix, so he wasn’t able to post either :(.
Rest assured that we now have plenty of things on the drawing board to make it up to you guys. I’ll be back with a more Go related post soon.
Speaking of Go, this is ostensibly a Go site. Here are some lessons from this experience which can be applied to Go:
- Learning to control your emotions and stay calm is critical if you want to become a real master, whether it’s playing Go or flying planes.
- There’s no substitute for practise. It’s clear that Qantas’ crew were highly trained, and that is what saved us. Captain de Crespigny said he practises the engine failure scenario 3-4 times every quarter in the simulator.
- When you’re in trouble, you need to take calculated risks. Note that we’re talking about calculated rather than reckless risks. Reckless risk taking just kills stones, and people.
In the last photo you can see a small group of the media vultures. This is nothing compared to the circus that was the media at immigration, but unfortunately I didn’t have my phone on to take a photo at that time.
Check out that female reporter on the right, she clearly doesn’t like strangers taking photos of her. Funny that, neither do I…