QANTAS CHAIRMAN, MR. RICHARD GOYDER: Please acknowledge our heroes of Qantas Flight 72!
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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 Hales 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 (12 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 as a Top Gun fighter pilot during the Iran-Contra Hostage Crisis. 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 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.
Sitting quietly on the sidelines is Chief Executive Officer of Airbus, Mr. Tom Enders, who has yet to publicly apologise to Sullivan, Lipsett, Hales, and to the 315 passengers for the horrific ordeal they had experienced inside of their faulty A330 aircraft.
With the assistance of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation, Airbus was able to identify what went wrong and acted swiftly in rectifying the problem on all their aircraft worldwide to ensure the safety of all future passengers and crew.
On behalf of all our supporters, we strongly recommend that Captain Kevin Sullivan, First Officer Peter Lipsett, and Second Officer Ross Hales be awarded Australia's highest civilian Bravery Award, the Cross of Valor, (CV) for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril" on 7th of October, 2008.
Below are just some of the comments, from letters we managed to obtain from amongst the hundreds of letters that are being withheld at Qantas Care (for reasons unknown to us) from passengers, family, and friends, acknowledging the heroic actions of our heroes. 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 about bringing this to your attention is because I am one of the 315 survivors. Captain Kevin Sullivan has been a big part of my life since that day, and he is certainly 'The Man' you can rely on when it matters most. Trust me, I know this because I am here at home with my loved ones. We are now brothers for life!
(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 for your prayers and support in signing this worthy petition.
QF72 Flight Attendant (Medically Ret.)
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