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Welcome to the inaugural episode from FlightPodcast.com – and thank you very much for visiting.
In our first episode we talk to Eric Moody. In 1982, Eric was the Captain of a British Airways 747 flight that had all four engines fail after it encountered volcanic ash. Rather than address issues that are already a matter of public record, we probed Eric for his views on training, crew resource management and the broader industry.
Eric is an amazing pilot that should never be defined by the 14-minutes of airtime he’s best known for. He is an incredible man whose (controversial) leadership and command skills defined the routine nature of his flying either side of Speedbird 9’er.
We finish up the show with a brief discussion on matters relating to Eric’s flight (with the benefit of both an armchair and hindsight).
We’re very new to this so we apologise for the poor sound, production quality, cheesy sound effects and corny music. It will no doubt improve.
Brief Details of the Incident
British Airways Flight 9, sometimes referred to as the Speedbird 9 or Jakarta incident, was a scheduled British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Auckland, with stops in Bombay, Madras, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, and Melbourne.
On 24 June 1982, the route was flown by the City of Edinburgh, a 747-236B. The aircraft flew into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung (approximately 180 kilometres (110 mi) south-east of Jakarta, Indonesia), resulting in the failure of all four engines. The reason for the failure was not immediately apparent to the crew or ground control. The aircraft was diverted to Jakarta in the hope that enough engines could be restarted to allow it to land there. The aircraft was able to glide far enough to exit the ash cloud, and all engines were restarted (although one failed again soon after), allowing the aircraft to land safely.
The incident featured in an episode of the Mayday documentary TV series Air Crash Investigation titled “All Engines Failed”.
It has to be clearly stated that any post-incident analysis or critical discussion is not to discredit the airline industry, airlines, agencies or to undermine any pilot’s decision making. Instead, this round table forum is designed to facilitate learning and create a proactive forum for safety issues in support of the aviation industry. The comments and opinions do not necessarily represent the opinions of the airlines in which our presenters work, and they are made for the sole purpose of education, safety and awareness.
Yes, the logo and header – and indeed the entire website design – will change. It’s early stages yet and we’re still tossing around some ideas. The same applies for our choice of music. We were very much split on music choice so you may find that it’ll change sometime soon.
We apologise for the very cheesy sound effects in the early stages of the program. Simply put, Ken’s humor deserved them.
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