QANTAS FLIGHT 72: Heroes ignored for saving 315 passengers and crew!
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"TERROR FLIGHT FROM HELL!"
We the undersigned respectfully call on the Australian Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Group, Mr. Alan Joyce to please acknowledge and recognise Qantas Captain Kevin Sullivan (Ret.), First Officer Peter Lipsett, and Second Officer Ross Hayes as Australian National Heroes for their extraordinary and outstanding contribution to Australian Aviation.
Against all odds, these courageous men skillfully pulled off one of the most remarkable near-death escapes in aviation history when they critically handled and recovered a falling aircraft from the sky not once but twice when all they could see was the Indian Ocean.
Their selfless act, courage, and cool-headed actions under extreme pressure ensured the lives of 315 passengers and crew was safely back in their hands. 119 passengers were injured (nine seriously) in what was described by many of the passengers as the "Terror Flight from Hell!"
Sullivan a born American (who calls Australia his home) served in the U.S. Navy deployed on the USS America during the Iran-Contra Hostage Crisis as a Top Gun Fighter Pilot. Sullivan had no option but to execute a military manoeuvre to safely land the Qantas Airbus A330 aircraft. A move that was familiar territory for Sullivan having practiced it many times in the Navy for similar situations. In doing so, he and his crew cautiously avoided the possibility of another sudden nosedive which would have been catastrophic and fatal.
Sullivan now medically retired faces an uphill battle in dealing with the struggles of managing his chronic PTSD constantly every day as a direct result of Qantas Flight 72. This extraordinary remarkable human being has certainly gone above and beyond the call of duty and has certainly ticked all the boxes by far. A very modest and well-respected citizen, Sullivan downplays his heroics acknowledging that it was a team effort just doing their job.
October 7, 2018, will mark the tenth anniversary of that horrific flight and still no public acknowledgment or recognition from the Australian Government and most notably the Qantas CEO, Mr. Alan Joyce.
Sitting quietly in the background is AIRBUS, who are also directly involved in all of this, and have yet to publicly apologise for what these men had to go through to save all those on board due to their faulty equipment.
What AIRBUS should have done years ago was to thank them publicly for coming home alive to tell their story instead of hiding behind their closed doors hoping it would all blow away. With the help of the ATSB investigation, AIRBUS were able to identify what went wrong and acted swiftly in rectifying the problem on all their aircraft to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew.
Thank God, Australia's finest were at the helm, otherwise AIRBUS, Qantas, and the Australian Government would never have known what had caused their aircraft to perish along with 315 passengers and crew.
In saying that, I'm sure all of Australia and the rest of the world would agree with me that these three courageous individuals deserve Australia's highest civilian Bravery Award without question, and that is the CROSS OF VALOUR (CV) "for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril".
Below are just some of the many comments from letters forwarded to Qantas Care from passengers on Qantas Flight 72. Names have been withheld as respect to their privacy at this time.
1. Your courage, expertise, and experience saved my young family’s life. You are all heroes! The crew absolutely exercised tremendous intelligence, skill and professional composure to bring us home to our extended loved ones on that day.
2. You should be all extremely proud of yourselves dealing with such arduous circumstances. Please uphold the faith in your judgement and ability, as you all saved many people that day.
3. I am writing to thank you for saving the lives of my treasured daughters. If it weren’t for the swift skilled actions of the Captain and the care of the crew, their lives could have been cut short.
My story, and why I am so passionate in bringing this to your attention, is because they saved my life. Captain Kevin Sullivan has had a huge impact on my life and he is certainly 'The Man' you can rely on when it matters most. Trust me, I know this, because I'm here at home with my loved ones.
So let's do this! Your support and much needed voice will help us to finally right a wrong!
(The link below is the full documentary of Qantas Flight 72.)
Mayday - FreeFall. Season 18 Ep.7 https://ecomcraze.com/mayday.mp4
Readers Digest Article: https://www.rd.com/true-stories/survival/flight-72
Facebook Page / Photos: https://facebook.com/qantasflight72
I sincerely thank you all again for your prayers and support in signing this worthy petition.
QF72 Flight Attendant (Medically Ret.)
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