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Peter Burkill captured the world's attention when the aircraft he was captain of crashed into London Heathrow in January 2008.Peter was born in Chesham, Bucks in 1964 and educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham. He attained a BAHons degree in Business Studies at Portsmouth before working as a minilab sales representative with Kodak UK. Peter had been accepted to train as a commercial pilot at Prestwick under the British Airways sponsorship scheme in 1987, where he graduated in 1989. He has since flown for British Airways for 20 years flying Lockhead Tristars, DC-10s and Boeing 777s. Peter achieved his command on B777s in 2004 and during his career has accumulated over 13000 flight hours. He took voluntary redundancy from British Airways in August 2009.Maria Burkill was born on the Wirral, Merseryside in 1974 and was educated at Upton Hall Convent, Upton. When she left school she followed her heart and became a Redcoat at Butlins, moving on to working as a holiday representative, travel agent and then into the aviation industry as an air hostess with British Airways. Peter and Maria met in 2002 and married 9 months later. Maria left British Airways at this time and joined an NHS ambulance service and started training as an ambulance technician. Within four years Maria and Peter were the proud parents of three sons and Maria had qualified in her profession. They are currently living in Worcester, UK.

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A well-formed and inspiring narrative 20 avril 2010
Par Mark Richards - Publié sur
Format: Broché
As a long-ago pilot and long-time aviation safety buff, the story of BA38 offered compelling evidence that training, skill, and composure when things suddenly go wrong are sometimes insufficient to avert a major disaster. In this instance, luck greased the skids which allowed Captain Burkill and his crew the opportunity to do their best and not have it be in vain. And having read, thoroughly, the AAIB (the UK's complement to the US NTSB) report, it is clear that Burkill and his crew did their very best. The luck? Had the double engine failure (caused by design faults in the fuel system) occurred earlier in the approach, this book would not have been written, for everyone on BA38 and scores on the ground in London most certainly would have perished.

I was hoping for a "put me in the left seat with you on that day" sort of book, and I got much more - the inside story of the incident, Burkill's actions, and then the worst of it: how the media in the UK and his own company so poorly treated him and his family. It continues to amaze me that media, particularly tabloid news and TV, have such lack of morals and conscience that they would so horribly attack in the way they did in this case. Compare it with the US Airways (Chesley Sullenberger) incident for dramatic contrast.

This book may energize in you what it has in me - a sense of anger at what Burkill and his family endured, and apparently continue to endure as he has been shunned from employment with other air carriers. This is no way to treat a true hero. I am amazed that Burkill and his wife had to defend themselves alone. They did it well and it rightfully continues through this book.

I used to have a great deal of respect for British Airways. It was certainly damaged when I learned how unprepared and inept they were in response to Captain Burkill. Perhaps it is too late for BA to apologize, but it would be a good beginning and perhaps be a fitting response.

If you're interested in aviation and want to learn the inside story of this incident, read it from the man who was first on the scene, Peter Burkill and his wife Maria who suffered by his side. It's an inspiring story to say the least.
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Fascinating insight into the aftermath of a major incident 1 mai 2010
Par S. Pells - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Before I read the book I was looking forward to a detailled account of the technical side of the accident. I was surprised to read, in addition to this, a thorough description of the emotional and personal issues that ensued. I found the book to be very well-written and hard to put down.
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A job well done! 1 mai 2010
Par B. du Plessis - Publié sur
Format: Broché
As a current airline pilot with a reputable airline I can identify with the way incidents and the truth about them can be distorted by the press, organisations and even some colleagues. This book by Peter and Maria, written in an easily readable format, gave me some insight into how to deal with the human side of an aircraft accident (God forbid I ever I have to deal with one) and how management should take more care of their people involved. An awesome read! May the Burkill future be filled with prosperity!
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More of a self help book 3 février 2014
Par Will - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Not to diminish the story of the Captain and his family, but this was more of a chronicle of personal strife than a study of an airplane accident. If you are in to stories about victims and their plight, this is a good book to read. But if you are in to in depth reading about aviation accidents, it is very limited reading. There are some good lessons to be learned, but I found it tedious reading. It did leave me with a sour taste in my mouth for unions.
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How 30 seconds could change your life! 24 avril 2010
Par Dell Farnan - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is a very engaging book that would appeal to a wide variety of readers. Whilst the accident is the pivotal event in the book, the text focuses on the impact of the accident on the lives of Peter and Maria Burkill. The book is written in an unusual format where you read about Peter then Maria's recollections of the events that transpire in the years post accident. In certain portions of the book you realize very clearly how different people perceive different events based on the facts they have. The book provides a refreshing perspective on all manner of relationships both family, friendship and those in business. It provides an enlightening window onto the human aspects of an aircraft accident that don't make it into the accident investigation reports.

30 seconds was the time to impact, the time to make an action that saved the lives of all those on board 038 occurred in a lot less than that. The crew and passengers of 038 had a life altering experience as a result of a chain of events that started years before. In the time taken for a couple of deep breaths, decades of skill and experience led to an unique solution to deadly quandary. As a result those 30 seconds were not the last 30 seconds those people would have. The book talks about how those 30 seconds have altered the lives and relationships of the Burkills.
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