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No Man's Land: The Untold Story of Automation on QF72 (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
No Man's Land: The Untold Story of Automation on QF72 (MP3)
Written by:
Kevin Sullivan 
Read by:
Brett Cousins 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
8 hours 51 minutes 
MP3 size:
366 MB 
Published:
May 31 2019 
Available Date:
May 31 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655605577 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Memoirs; Science & Technology 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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A former US Top Gun and Qantas captain's gripping account of how a major air disaster caused by faulty automation was narrowly averted

Former US Navy Top Gun Kevin Sullivan, captain of the ill-fated Perth-bound QF72, breaks his silence to give a gripping account of how a rogue computer went 'psycho', causing the Airbus A330 he was piloting to pitch down, nose first, towards the Indian Ocean – twice. Unlike other well-publicised near air disasters, the plane carrying 315 passengers and crew was out of control, a G force of -8 propelling anyone and anything untethered through the cabin roof. It took the extraordinary skill and presence of mind of the veteran Top Gun to wrestle back control of the plane in order to perform a dramatic, high-stakes emergency landing at a RAAF base on the WA coast 1200 kilometres north of Perth. More than 100 injured people, many seriously, were airlifted to hospital. As automation becomes the way of the future, the story of QF72 raises important questions about how much control we relinquish to computers and whether more checks and balances are needed.