Qantas Flight 72: Forgotten Heroes!

Qantas Flight 72: Forgotten Heroes!

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Petition to
Hon Anthony Albanese MP (Australian Prime Minister) and

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Started by Fuzzy Maiava


We, the undersigned,

Respectfully call on The Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Mr Anthony Albanese MP, Qantas Group Chairman, Mr Richard Goyder, Qantas Board of Directors, Qantas Group C.E.O., Mr Alan Joyce, Airbus Group Chairman, Mr Rene Obermann, and Airbus Group C.E.O., Mr Guillaume Faury to please acknowledge and recognise, publicly, the QF72 flight crew for their outstanding contribution to aviation for saving the lives of 315 people onboard Qantas flight 72 on October 7, 2008.

Against all odds, Qantas Capt. Kevin "Sully' Sullivan (Ret.), First Officer Peter Lipsett, and Second Officer Ross Hales, skillfully pulled off one of the most remarkable near-death escapes in aviation history when they displayed great bravery and courage in recovering a falling aircraft from the sky (twice) when all they could see in front of them was their cockpit window filled with blue Indian Ocean.

Their bravery undoubtedly ensured the lives of all 315 passengers and crew were safely back in their hands. One hundred nineteen passengers and crew were injured, with twelve seriously wounded, in what many passengers and crew described as the "Terror Flight from Hell!"

Sullivan, a born American (who calls Australia his home), is a former U.S. Navy Top Gun fighter pilot. If he had not been at the helm of flight QF72, we would not have been able to tell the story and save tens of thousands of more lives.

Sullivan, now medically retired, faces an uphill battle in dealing with the struggles of managing his chronic PTSD every day due to flight QF72. A very modest and well-respected citizen, Sullivan downplays his heroics acknowledging that it was a team effort just doing their jobs.

Witness Testimonies:

Below are some written testimonies from passengers acknowledging the QF72 flight and cabin crew for their heroic and extraordinary actions.

  • Your courage, expertise, and experience saved my young family's life. You are all heroes! The crew exercised tremendous intelligence, skill, and professional composure to bring us home to our extended loved ones on that day. 
  • You should all be incredibly proud of yourselves for dealing with such arduous circumstances. Please uphold the faith in your judgment and ability, as you all saved many people that day.
  • I spoke to the Pilot immediately following our emergency landing, and although he was physically shaken and drained, his first reaction was for the passengers, and he travelled through the plane talking to the passengers and calming them. Again our deepest thanks and appreciation to your fantastic crew, who were professional and deserve public recognition from the company for their actions.
  • I am writing to thank you for saving the lives of my treasured daughters. If it were not for the swift skilled actions of the captain and the care of the crew, their lives could have been cut short.

Award Recommendations:

  • The Qantas Chairman's Diamond Award is an award for valour and selflessness so extraordinary that the airline's reputation has been enhanced in the eyes of other Qantas staff and the Australian public.
  • The Cross of Valour (CV) is awarded only for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril - It is Australia's highest Australian Bravery Decoration and civilian Bravery award.


We owe our lives to these heroes, and we cannot publicly acknowledge them more than 14 years after the fact.

So, we ask you to please help fight for these heroes to give them the public Recognition and Respect they deserve.

Please, sign the online petition and share it with friends, family and networks to help build awareness.

We appreciate your support.

God Bless ✝️




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