How Qantas worker’s life spiralled after suffering life-changing injuries on QF72 flight which plunged towards Earth when the plane’s computer system went ‘psycho’
- Fuzzy Maiava was on QF72 from Singapore to Perth flight on October 7, 2008
- The flight plunged 150 feet in two seconds, and again 400 feet in 15 seconds
- Mr Maiava’s injuries left him unable to work or drive and he takes 22 pills daily
- Ten years later after incident, his daughter got hit by a speeding motorist
- He’s struggling to care for her as she requires 24-hour care due to brain injuries
A Qantas flight attendant has revealed how his life spiralled after being caught up in the QF72 aircraft accident.
Fuzzy Maiava suffered life-changing injuries on the ill-fated Qantas flight from Singapore to Perth on October 7, 2008.
The plane was flying at 37,000 when its computer malfunctioned sending it hurtling towards the Earth.
Mr Maiava has now revealed that he his daughter was hit by a car 10 years to the day after the horrific incident.
Apolonia was hit by a speeding motorist in the streets of Auckland as she was walking home last year and now requires 24-hour care after sustaining serious brain injuries.
‘I am broke. I can’t provide for my family, my children. I am on my own and it is through no fault of my own,’ he told Stuff.
Maiava, from New Zealand, was preparing meals for the 315 passengers when the plane nosedived 150 feet towards the Indian Ocean in two seconds.
As the plane recovered, the aircraft took another sudden plunge – 400 feet in 15 seconds.
Fuzzy Maiava (right) was on the ill-fated Qantas flight from Singapore to Perth on October 7, 2008, when his life changed forever
Mr Maiava suffered life-long injuries which have left him unable to work or drive a car. He now takes pills daily for chronic pain and conditions such as anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance
The plane’s autopilot had disengaged and resulted in a computer malfunction, causing the sudden jolts and nosedives.
Captain Kevin Sullivan and his team were able to successfully land the plane at Learmonth Airport, on the north coast of Western Australia, 50 minutes after the first nosedive.
Paramedics assisted 119 people who suffered minor injuries, and 12 who sustained severe injuries.
Mr Maiava suffered life-long injuries which have left him unable to work or drive a car.
He now takes 22 pills daily for chronic pain and conditions such as anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance, stuff.co.nz reported.
Paramedics assisted 119 people who suffered minor injuries, and 12 who sustained severe injuries
Eleven years later, Mr Maiava continues to battle chronic pain (pictured is the aftermath of the two nosedives)
Mr Maiava was previously offered $35,000 from Qantas as a one-off for his injuries, but was advised against accepting because it would have prevented him from taking class action in the US.
Because so much time has passed, Mr Maiava does not see any window to appeal.
‘It’s been 11 years of hell. The system let me down,’ he told the publication.
He currently receives $580 a week from the Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand (ACC) but fears he might be placed on the sickness benefit which has a significantly lower price tag.
Apolonia, now requires 24-hour care due to the serious brain injuries sustained from the incident