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We the People of Australia and from all over the world hereby unanimously support and acknowledge "The Flight Crew of Qantas Flight 72 as Australian National Heroes for their distinguished acts of heroism in saving the lives of 315 passengers and crew from certain death on the 7th of October 2008!"

Therefore, we the undersigned respectfully call on the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Michael McCormack MP and the Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Group Mr. Alan Joyce to please officially acknowledge Captain Kevin Sullivan (Ret.), First Officer Peter Lipsett, and Second Officer Ross Hayes as Australian National Heroes for their extraordinary contribution to Australian Aviation.

Against all odds, these courageous men skilfully 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, bravery, 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 served in the U.S. Navy deployed on the USS America during the Iran Contra Hostage Crisis as a Top Gun Fighter Pilot, had no other 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.

Ten years on and now medically retired Sullivan 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 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.

This coming October 7, 2018, will mark the tenth anniversary of that horrific flight and still to this day not a single mention of any public acknowledgment or recognition for these extraordinary men. To be quite frank, I personally find it really disgusting and appalling that we have had to go down this path to get the attention of the powers that be to remind them of the mission impossible act that these brave men courageously pulled off.

We must also remind ourselves that their heroic actions significantly played an important role in solidifying the iconic Qantas brand, its reputation, and its reliability of Australia's National Carrier worldwide to this day.

Sullivan has had a huge impact on my life and he is certainly “The Man” you can always rely on when it matters most. Trust me, I know this, because he and his men saved my life and 314 others, and that this petition is our small way of thanking them for bringing us all back home safely to our loved ones. Put simply, if it was not for them you would not be reading this right now!

Below are just some of the many comments from letters forwarded onto Qantas Care from some of the 303 passengers of Qantas Flight 72, and that we are very fortunate to have been able to get access to some of them now after nearly ten years after the fact for us to make them public. 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.

So let's do this!  Their commendable heroic actions can no longer be ignored.

Your much-needed support will help ensure that our "Forgotten Heroes" will finally receive the "Official Recognition" they rightfully deserve at the highest level for their distinguished acts of heroism, and for their meritorious and loyal service to the Australian People, Australian Aviation, Qantas Group, and to all the people from around the world who have traveled (past & present) on Qantas and its code-sharing partners globally. Thank you.

 (The link below is the full documentary of Qantas Flight 72.)

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I sincerely thank you all again and I appreciate your time and support in signing this petition.

God Bless,


Fuzzy Maiava
QF72 Flight Attendant (Medically Retired)

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