QANTAS PLEASE DO SOMETHING!
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QANTAS FLIGHT 72: TERROR FLIGHT FROM HELL!
We the undersigned respectfully call on the Australian Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP, the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Michael McCormack MP, and the Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Group Mr. Alan Joyce to officially acknowledge and recognise publicly Qantas Captain Kevin Sullivan (Ret.), First Officer Peter Lipsett, and Second Officer Ross Hayes as Australian National Heroes for their extraordinary contribution to Australian and Worldwide 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 (who calls Australia his home) served in the U.S. Navy on the USS America during the Iran Contra Hostage Crisis as a Top Gun Fighter Pilot, had no other option when all else had failed them 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.
October 7, 2018, will mark the tenth anniversary of that horrific flight and still to this day not a single mention has been made of any public acknowledgement or an official announcement recognising these heroes either from the Australian Government or from the Qantas Group CEO Mr. Alan Joyce.
So without delaying this any further I believe that this is now the appropriate time to remind the powers that be of the mission impossible act that these brave men courageously pulled off and that their heroic actions also 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 our lives and that this very important petition is our way of thanking them for bringing us all back home safely to our loved ones.
Below are just some of the comments from letters forwarded onto Qantas Care from some of the 303 passengers of 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.
So let's all do this! Their commendable heroic actions can no longer be ignored. Your much-needed voice and 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, 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 on its code-sharing partners globally.
NB: "Let us all remind the Qantas Group CEO Mr. Alan Joyce once again that its loyal staff is what makes an airline SURVIVE!"
(The link below is the full documentary of Qantas Flight 72.)
Mayday - FreeFall. Season 18 Ep.7: https://bit.ly/2LtniuR
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 Retired)
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