QF72 | Hero pilot Kevin Sullivan's quick thinking saves 315 people | Sunday Night

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QF72 | Hero pilot Kevin Sullivan's quick thinking saves 315 people | Sunday Night 4.5
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It's the most terrifying mid-air emergency in Australian aviation history - flight QF72's autopilot tried to kill all 315 people on board. They were only saved by the quick thinking of Captain Kevin Sullivan - so why has Qantas refused to give him and the crew the recognition they deserve?


This story originally aired on the 2nd June 2019.




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Moral of the story: Have a pilot who's first four letters of their surname are Sull. You'll most likely be safe.

Author — Harry -H

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This man was feeling guilty, he saved the entire plane, he is a hero, I wish he got the thank you he deserved

Author — Zodiac K

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That woman who flipped her foot around is tough as hell

Author — Chris Vickers

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Thank you for all your comments and views of this re-enactment of the QF72 accident. It is such an important story for our present and future realities. Many of you have asked about assisting Fuzzy Maiava through a go fund me site. There is one established and there is an image of Fuzzy Maiava with the national geographic logo on the screen shot. This is the only legitimate page for making any contribution to Fuzzy. Money can never repair the damage he, and everyong onboard, experienced on the QF72. In Fuzzy's case, it will certainly assist him in his recovery. He is unable to work due to his injuries and ongoing complications. Every little bit helps, and any donation will be appreciated. I personally thank you on his behalf for your compassion and generosity.

Author — Kevin Sullivan

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Thank you all for your supportive comments towards the crew of QF72. It was a science fiction scenario that became a reality; confused computers using automation to harm rather than protect our aircraft, crew and passengers. I see there are many technical questions here and I recommend you read the book I have written on this flight entitled, "No Man's Land". I talk in depth about the flight, what went wrong, what went right, the heroic actions of the passengers and crew, and the investigation into the causes of the accident. I was hoping that our event would be the last accident involving bad automation, but the recent 737 MAX accidents have indicated that we have a long way to go. Sadly, there are many similarities in these tragic aviation events. Thank you for your continued support. Captain Sullivan

Author — Kevin Sullivan

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Wow Good Pilot and God saved many passengers...This is why Airbus corporation Wants More Experienced Pilots

Author — Salmon Raju

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You SAVED a hundred lives and you feel bad looking at the people being You broght them all home alive!!!

Author — etre belle

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imagine having to be airlifted after you just got critically injured FROM an airplane

Author — Mallorie Stancil

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Who the hell did not turn their device too airplane mode.

Author — JimboPez

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Dear Kevin Sullivan: You may feel the guilt from the injuries that the passengers on your flight incurred...but they were not your fault. The plane's actions were beyond your control. Without your efforts that day, no one would have survived. You fought like hell for your passengers and you landed that plane against all odds. I salute you, good sir.

Author — Leila Pereira

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I am so sad about Fuzzy not having any money- can someone near to him start a go fund me for him???

Author — jodiescookin1

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His actions saved so many people yet those people gave him death stares when he landed.

Author — ayo its Zulu

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I cant imagine breaking bones and dying 7 times but still being alive.

Author — Ethan

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Autopilot: "I'm taking control now!"
The pilot: Not this time. *(releases)*
Autopilot: "You won"

Author — BBXR 107

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Hurts my heart to think he feels it’s his fault they’re hurt, he saved their lives ! I cannot imagine how horrific it must have been .

Author — Jennsinkona

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Fuzzy, I didn't read much about you in the comments, but you were a hero IMO.

Author — KCENDER

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24:55 "look what you did to my kid" --your kid is still alive, that is what he did...

Author — YADADI

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Fuzzy just sounds like a all around nice guy

Author — Clashing with king Kai

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My personal flying rule: I always keep my seat-belt fastened for the entire flight. As a software engineer I can tell you that ALL software contains bugs, there is no such thing as bug-free software because it is written by humans. Relax everyone, driverless cars are coming.

Author — David M

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This event prove that human instinct and intelligence is far more superior than computer.

Author — Abe De vera