John Bartels (QF32 page 27)
John – the Captain of QF30 that suffered an explosion of the oxygen cylinder on 25 July 2008. John and his technical crew were faced with about 30 checklists to complete. He diverted to and made a successful emergency landing at Manila airport.
How did he manage this unprecedented event? It’s all documented in this recorded interview here that is a “must listen” for every pilot. The ATSB report is also great reading.
I spoke to John shortly after his ordeal. The lessons he passed to me were a help when I was in the seat of QF32.
John is a remarkable pilot who has upheld the the highest traditions found in aviation. He is also one of the best examples of a pilot who is keen to share his experiences to help others.
John Bartels in a Boeing 747-400 (QF30) (Photo: John Bartels)
John Bartels with his Royal Australian Navy A-4 Skyhawk. (Photo: John Bartels)