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Thirty Seconds to Impact (Anglais) Broché – 18 mars 2010

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When Peter took charge of the flight deck of the 777 and took off from Beijing airport, there was nothing to suggest that this trip would be anything other than a routine flight of the sort he had made so many times before. It was not until moments before landing that anything went wrong. Coming in to Heathrow Airport, the plane suffered inexplicable loss of power to both engines, and it was suddenly likely that the plane would plough into a built-up area outside the airport, with the loss of all lives on board. Peter tells us in graphic detail his thoughts and actions when he managed to help save the plane at the last moment thanks to a flash of inspiration that led him to change the position of the wing flaps, which appeared to gain the vehicle enough precious time to make it over the perimeter fence and land on the grass, short of the runway. For both Maria and Peter, their lives following the crash have resulted in experiences that they never would have expected to have happened. There isn't a handbook with rules to follow after a crash so the subsequent aftermath was laced with events that could have been handled better from all sides, which lead to Maria and Peter having to find strength inside them that they had never needed before. A little more than a year later, they have used these strengths to begin a new chapter in their lives; starting with leaving British Airways and celebrating a second chance to enjoy life. But there are still nights when they find themselves awake, crying about what could have happened on that fateful day.

Biographie de l'auteur

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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Très bon livre qui donne le point de vue des deux protagonistes : Peter Burkill (le pilote) et Maria Burkill (son épouse), sur les événements.
Quand on veut ignorer les journalistes, la Presse invente sa propre vérité des faits. Ainsi la belle vie du couple Burkill a été transformé en cauchemar.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read it with an open heart and you'll enjoy the book 21 novembre 2015
Par Michelle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It was so hard to read. Don't get me wrong, the book is great! It was hard to read because I cannot believe the ordeal the author and his wife have had to go through after surviving the plane crash. I feel for them. I could not understand the way British Airline handled this case, maybe neither did they. Secrecy is never good... unless absolutely necessary...

Some readers gave very harsh comment about this book. I personally think it's rather unfair. I bought the book with an open heart. I want to know about a plane crash, but I was not expecting very technical details to fill the book. Thankfully, it was not, because that would be too dry for me to read. Whether or not one enjoys this book, is all about the expectation.. I found it very "interesting" (this is not exactly the appropriate word in light of what happened) of what the author/pilot and his family have had to go through after the crash. It's heartbreaking. If you're like me, read it with an open heart, you'll probably enjoy it. If you're expecting technical details of the crash, then you'll be disappointed.

I find it extremely unfair to criticize the pilot's wife as a narcissistic person as one reader puts it... It was an extremely tough time for them, both the pilot and his wife.. She has 3 very very small children... Having to deal with the ordeal (the negativity people thought of the pilot) and 3 kids by herself... was not an easy feat whatsoever.

I was so glad and relieved the author and his wife worked out eventually. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Aftermath of a Plane Crash. 23 janvier 2015
Par Leigh - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wow. Peter Burkill evacuated off the aircraft he had just successfully crash landed, saving every life on board. His employer, British Airways, immediately paraded him before the press as the hero pilot he was....then threw him under the bus!!

Too bad Burkill is not American. Given the BS he had to put up with from the airline who should have stood proudly behind one of their own, if he'd been an American he would have done what any red blooded American would have done...sued the hell out of BA! Their inaction, and often blatant disregard for his reputation as a pilot, a husband, a human being, is disgraceful. They ruined his career and pretty much his life. I'm not entirely sure that the remuneration he gets from writing this book will come close to making up for what he, and his family, have had to endure.

This book is not so much about the actual crash as it is about the aftermath...something not many of us think about when we hear about plane crashes....what do the surviving crews go through? In this book, Burkill tells us all too clearly what life after the crash is like. Reading this book made me furious for the Burkill family and made me reconsider my opinion of BA. I sure will avoid giving them any of my money in the future!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 How life can sometimes take an unexpected turn 5 janvier 2014
Par PMS - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an interesting account by Captain Peter Burkill and his wife, Maria, of their personal thoughts and experiences arising from Captain Burkill’s aircraft crash-landing at Heathrow Airport due to a fuel-system malfunction that caused a total power-loss to the aircraft’s engines at a vital stage of the final approach to landing.

From the moment the incident occurred, it was evident that the crash of British Airways Flight BA38 was solely due to a technical malfunction and not pilot incompetence. Indeed, the flying skills of Captain Burkill and his crew saved the lives of all those on board BA38. But from the perspective of Captain Burkill, he tells of a growing atmosphere in which he felt the public, and some employees of British Airways, were misled into believing he had somehow failed to satisfactorily discharge his duties as Captain of BA38. Could such beliefs have seriously affected his mind?

British Airways owed Captain Burkill a duty of care (a) to ensure he had a safe aircraft to fly, (b) to ensure occupational health and safety standards were met, (c) to ensure he received all necessary support following such a traumatic experience, and (d) to appropriately deal with the media attention and coverage arising from the incident.

British Airways handled the situation as best it could. And being a true ‘company man’, Captain Burkill placed his faith in British Airways to act in his best interests. But did it do so? Captain Burkill and his wife provide a remarkable account of the stresses and strains they both endured as a consequence of the accident and how, at times, they felt badly let down.

With hindsight, it is apparent that Captain Burkill perhaps made two fundamental mistakes in relation to this saga, as outlined thus:

(1) When Captain Burkill returned to flying, he immediately became aware cabin crew had been told at training that he ‘froze at the controls’ of Flight BA38. This was a clear case of defamation. Despite recognizing this to be a very serious issue (by his own admission, it deeply affected him) he referred the matter to British Airways instead of to his solicitor. His solicitor would undoubtedly have ensured that British Airway’s took effective internal action over this defamatory matter, and ensured he was issued with a personal and public apology.

(2) Captain Burkill subsequently opted for redundancy without first securing a job with another airline. As one of his young First Officers said to him, “You’ve got the best job in the world, so far as I am concerned. You’re a Captain with British Airways! You’re flying the 777, the best aircraft on the best route network. I cannot believe that you are leaving.” Was this the voice of reason to which Captain Burkill should have listened?

Reading this book makes me believe that the fall-out from the BA38 accident did seriously affect the state of mind of Captain Burkill, more so than he could have ever imagined. Otherwise, how can it be explained that an experienced and respected Captain (who still had a brilliant career ahead of him with British Airways) could believe redundancy was ultimately a better option than having the best job in the world, as a Captain with British Airways, flying the 777, the best aircraft on the best route network?
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Silence Is Far From Golden... 5 décembre 2013
Par John Reid - Publié sur Amazon.com
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'Thirty Seconds To Impact' is unusual, in that it provides a family view - it has considerable input from Burkill's wife, Maria - on not just the crash and its unfortunate aftermath but detailed personal information on how it affected their lives, their family, their marriage. Much of the difficulty they experienced was due to the fact British Airways had no script to follow to guide them - any of them, corporate or individual - through a situation that was totally unique. Burkill was virtually muzzled, unable to tell anyone his side of the event that saw a dead stick landing of a modern jetliner with, amazingly, not only no fatalities but little in the way of injury. Because he was unable to relate the important part he played in the emergency landing, it was inferred, even stated, that he 'froze' and that the First Officer was the one who had solely brought the wounded bird down safely.
I won't say more about the story for fear of spoiling it for those of you who have not already had the opportunity to read it. It's worth reading and I have no hesitation in recommending it, even to those with only passing interest in aviation.
I would like to add a rider: Although a totally different scenario, I couldn't help but make comparison with certain aspects of the book, 'QF32', Richard de Crespigny's account of bringing a dreadfully wounded Qantas A-380 in to land at Singapore. There are two main differences. The story of de Crespigny's flight is much more technical and, for this reviewer, at least, a retired mechanical design engineer, better for it. Where BA failed to allow Peter Burkill the chance to tell his story from the start, Qantas at least allowed their Captain to communicate. It provided an altogether better outcome for all.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow 14 novembre 2016
Par S. Pearl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a brutally honest, yet fair, look into the life of a family completely uprooted by an improperly treated traumatic incident.

Captain and Mrs. Burkill have done a huge favor to anyone who needs to be aware of the terrible consequences of ignoring the possibility that anyone in a traumatic incident can and ill will have long-lasting effects that also affect those around them.

This should also be cautionary for out-of-control media coverage, and the penchant for speculation that seems to have become the replacement for factual reporting.
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