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Thirty Seconds to Impact by [Burkill, Peter, Maria Burkill]
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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
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  • Print Length: 342 pages
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  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (18 Mar. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
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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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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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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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At 1225 on Tuesday 6th April my copy of `Thirty Seconds to Impact' landed on my doormat. Less than 24 hours and 325 pages later the back cover sprang closed and tears rolled down my cheeks.

`Thirty seconds to Impact' is the wonderfully engaging, gripping and fascinating story by Capt. Peter Burkill, and his wife Maria, of his doomed flight BA38 which crashed at Heathrow in January 2008 with 152 passengers on board. I found the book a cleverly crafted blend of the necessary technical aviation stuff, and very down-to-earth raw narrative of the emotional fallout beyond '30 seconds'. The book had multilayered appeal to me: firstly as a student in training for my Private Pilot's Licence I was keen to learn more about how a Commercial Pilot manages the flight deck and deals with emergencies in flight. Secondly, as a Psychologist whose professional life revolves around helping people to deal with the emotional fallout of stressful events, I wanted insight and glimpses into Peter and Maria's personal worlds following '30 seconds'. In the book I found plenty of each.

But this book has much wider reader appeal than just to aviators and psychologists: The human interest themes are multifarious - the ramifications of the crash on Capt. Burkill's professional life, the impact of it on Peter and Maria's marriage, and the unexpected (for them) consequences on their three very young sons. There is also the ongoing theme of how the whole episode was completely mismanaged by Capt. Burkill's then employer -British Airways.

Touching, moving, heart-rending. This book is all these. The voices of Peter and Maria reveal two often very contrasting perspectives on the events and how they each dealt with them. And is there a happy ending? I'll leave that conclusion to the reader.

Available now at all good bookstores, - including airports!

Dr Hilary Dyer
7th April 2010
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This is a highly readable book which explains in simple terms what went wrong, what the pilots did right, and how appallingly incompetent management and press relations at British Airways led to a highly capable pilot concluding that there was no place for him there. It also touches upon the poisonous attitude of a minority of senior cabin crew to the pilots with whom they work. I have taken the trouble to read (as a non pilot) the official Civil Aviation Authority investigation report. Its conclusions support the author's statements to the effect that no pilot could seriously be expected to handle this impossible situation better. Next time you hear of a pilot, doctor, police officer falling short in his duty; reflect upon Peter Burkill's experience and wonder if someone is being made a scapegoat.

Added July 2012.

It is worth noting that he is back with BA now, but I understand that a condition of his re-employment was to clear any further public comments with the Management. The bitter cabin crew strike is now in the past so that particular boil has been lanced.

I suppose you could say that any big company whose work could in principle involve a disaster should have a decent plan for how to deal with those staff involved, whether blameless (as in this case) or not. I think BA learned lessons.
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