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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.Read more ›
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!
`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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I admire what Captian Burkill did. As somone with flying experience and interest in air accidents I read what he did with admiration. Read morePublished 11 days ago by C Frost
Having flown out of Heathrow a few days after this incident and taxied past the roped-off 777 and being shocked by the mess, this has been a fascinating account. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Danny
The author gives a terrifying account of the helpless situation he faced when he lost control of the plane just before landing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Angela Elizabeth Farquhar
A fascinating and rather worrying account not only of the incident itself but the less than ideal way in which BA dealt with the pressure on the captain of the aircraft. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr J