On 11-12-2010, in Safety is no accident, by phil
Captain Evans was the Senior Check Captain on the Qantas A380 during the incident in Singapore. He was interviewed by the RAeS on the 6th December.
In the interview he describes how the crew reacted to the uncontained engine failure and discusses the decisions the crew had to make. In particular, he considers that the most serious part of the whole incident was the time spent on the runway after they had stopped and were unable to shut down the No 1 engine. He also says that later they tried to recreate the whole incident in the simulator but couldn’t! Which only goes to show that, however good the simulator training, it is never quite like the real thing.
Finally near the end the of the interview he says that common sense and airmanship took over, they couldn’t blindly follow the ECAM messages.
He also says about the A380; “Well I think the Airbus A380 – it’s a testament to the aircraft that we managed to get the aeroplane successfully on to the ground. The fly-by-wire system, albeit with the damage we were in an alternate law, it still was very flyable. Now comparing that to other types I have flown I am sure that Boeing types would have been equally flyable, but they would have been a lot more difficult, I’m sure.”
A fine testament to modern design standards.
Read the full interview here.