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Thirty Seconds to Impact [Kindle Edition]

Peter Burkill , Maria Burkill
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When Peter took charge of the flight deck of the 777 and took off from Beijing airport, there was nothing to suggest that this trip would be anything other than a routine flight of the sort he had made so many times before. It was not until moments before landing that anything went wrong. Coming in to Heathrow Airport, the plane suffered inexplicable loss of power to both engines, and it was suddenly likely that the plane would plough into a built-up area outside the airport, with the loss of all lives on board.

Peter tells us in graphic detail his thoughts and actions when he managed to help save the plane at the last moment thanks to a flash of inspiration that led him to change the position of the wing flaps, which appeared to gain the vehicle enough precious time to make it over the perimeter fence and land on the grass, short of the runway.

For both Maria and Peter, their lives following the crash have resulted in experiences that they never would have expected to have happened. There isn't a handbook with rules to follow after a crash so the subsequent aftermath was laced with events that could have been handled better from all sides, which lead to Maria and Peter having to find strength inside them that they had never needed before.

A little more than a year later, they have used these strengths to begin a new chapter in their lives; starting with leaving British Airways and celebrating a second chance to enjoy life.

But there are still nights when they find themselves awake, crying about what could have happened on that fateful day.

About the Author

Peter Burkill captured the world's attention when the aircraft he was captain of crashed into London Heathrow in January 2008.Peter was born in Chesham, Bucks in 1964 and educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham. He attained a BAHons degree in Business Studies at Portsmouth before working as a minilab sales representative with Kodak UK. Peter had been accepted to train as a commercial pilot at Prestwick under the British Airways sponsorship scheme in 1987, where he graduated in 1989. He has since flown for British Airways for 20 years flying Lockhead Tristars, DC-10s and Boeing 777s. Peter achieved his command on B777s in 2004 and during his career has accumulated over 13000 flight hours. He took voluntary redundancy from British Airways in August 2009.Maria Burkill was born on the Wirral, Merseryside in 1974 and was educated at Upton Hall Convent, Upton. When she left school she followed her heart and became a Redcoat at Butlins, moving on to working as a holiday representative, travel agent and then into the aviation industry as an air hostess with British Airways. Peter and Maria met in 2002 and married 9 months later. Maria left British Airways at this time and joined an NHS ambulance service and started training as an ambulance technician. Within four years Maria and Peter were the proud parents of three sons and Maria had qualified in her profession. They are currently living in Worcester, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 984 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (18 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and honest book 3 April 2010
Pete was the captain of the BA38 that had double engine failure 2 km to landing. Pete and his crew's skills managed to land the plane just over LHR perimeter fence, saving all 152 lives on board and many more on the ground.

Simply impossible to put it down! I have finished it in a few hours although I am not native English!
Flawless text and account in every detail makes you feel you`re just two steps away in the middle of all this drama! I sincerely hope that Peter will get a recognition as a hero for that he`s done - saved lives!!! I wish them all the luck in the world for the future and hope he`ll return back to the sky pretty soon... and continue with writing!
Back to the book - fantastic read! Highly recommended no matter of which walk of life you`re come from!
Elena Birrell
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
I have just finished reading the book which arrived yesterday morning as a present for my husband. He is away until Monday, so I thought I would just read a couple of sneaky pages - I stayed up until 2am this morning reading it as I was totally hooked! I have sat in tears reading the journey you have both gone through. Having a husband who flies for BA, having been cabin crew myself, and having two young sons the empathy I felt and the " but for the grace of god go I!" feeling I had reading the book at times was overwhelming. Thank you both for sharing what must have been at times very painful and emotional inner thoughts, the duty of care you have shown by writing this book for anyone following in your unprecedented footsteps is so generous.

The book is well written with integrity and heartfelt honesty, you really can't put the book down! It is good to hear the story from the "horse's mouth" as opposed to the press stories which contained no real substance or truth. The frustration of not being able to express what really happened must have been horrendous, and now hopefully this book can give you both some closure as to what happened and a new chapter in your lives.

I know that within the pilot community within BA you are highly regarded and supported, and by the families of those pilots. Your generosity of trying to educate the public to the fact that there are 2 qualified pilots flying and not just the Captain, seems to have compounded the rumors, FO's around the world I'm sure raise their glass to you.

Hopefully airline managements will read this book and see that something needs to be addressed to ensure that any future pilots and crew are not treated in this manner but with compassion, empathy and understanding.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Totally Biased Review for my Little Brother 12 April 2010
Pete is my brother, so I admit to being rather biased. The only reason that it took me longer than a few hours to read this book was because I was so overwhelmed that I needed a long walk in the middle. There is one clear message for me - Carpe Diem. There are many messages in here for all about family, friendship, loyalty and how none of us should take anything for granted. I love you Pete . I love you Maria and thanks for looking after my little brother.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different paperback 30 May 2010
By Sailor
Even its title "Thirty Seconds to Impact" cannot convey how little time was available to Captain Peter Burkill and his crew to minimise the effect of the inevitable crash, nor the shock effect of this last half-minute of BA38's 10.5 hour flight. Everyone on board survived the crash, although they probably wouldn't have done had the engines failed even slightly earlier or later or if Captain Burkill had not changed the wing flap setting. Initially, British Airways and the press quite rightly hailed all the crew as heroes, especially the Captain, yet two years later he finds himself without a job or much money and forced to sell his family home. He sensibly avoids detailed technical explanation of the accident but he and his wife do describe in detail their difficult lives since then, warts and all, and should be commended for their honesty in writing such a human account of their own personal problems caused by the accident. The content in this almost-normal-length paperback does therefore inevitably suffer here and there from occasional "padding" and a little repetition but nevertheless succeeds highly in grabbing and keeping your attention. For Captain Burkill and his family, it deserves to sell well but should also serve as a reminder to all big companies that nowadays if, as a result of corporate policy, they fail to respond to individual employees' cries for help, they risk loosing the good reputation they themselves are trying to defend. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read 13 April 2010
In my view BA behaved poorly in dealing with the afternmath of the crash to the detriment of Mr Burkill and his family- I wont go on about it here - read the book and see for yourself!
The book is well written and gives an insight into organisational dynamic of a large insitution like BA, and also on the workings of the British press and how hard it was for Mr Burkill to give his side of what happened.
In my view the author did what he was supposed to do as Captain on that fateful day - his job was to try and figure out what had happened, i.e. take a strategic role and let the first officer concentrate on landing. Mr Burkill's adjustment of the flaps was crucial and stretched out the approach which resulted in a relatively safe landing.
Mr Burkill, I know you consider yourself a non-believer- but God was on your side that day and deep down I think you know it!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Stayed with the book till the end. Feel BA should and could have done more. Would have liked to see more pictures of Maria and Peter.
Published 9 days ago by Gadget Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What a story! What courage and skill! BA don't come out of this very well though!
Published 14 days ago by L. J. McQuillin
1.0 out of 5 stars As the engines stopped whining the Captain started
A very long whinge that needs to be read alongside the AAIB report
Published 15 days ago by G. J. Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating account of the incident and aftermath of BA38
Well written and reinforces my original belief in Pete's quiet heroism. Well done Pete and Maria for writing about your emotional journey.
Published 1 month ago by George Burn
5.0 out of 5 stars thirty seconds to impact
Excellent book giving unique insight into the lives of major players in a near disaster situation and how they cope and move forward.
Published 1 month ago by Lynne Pursey Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by r.g.hale
2.0 out of 5 stars i dont recommend, its dreary
this is a book , i dont recommend ,its dreary ,badly writtten ,heard it all before things but if you,re looking for something to read desperately ,this would do , its also too... Read more
Published 2 months ago by nori
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent description of an aircraft accident and the aftermath.
How an aircraft captain and his crew did everything correctly to land their aircraft without any fatalities but were failed by their company in receiving proper support for their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jayell
4.0 out of 5 stars Ba38 crash
Good book, an insight into ba bullying culture
Published 3 months ago by Skialpin
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not a runway success
Not bad, but not great. Lacking dramatic imperative - no bad thing, but the sensationalist title hints at more than this book delivers.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. C. Ball
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