A first person account of the flight deck aboard QANTAS Flight 32 after the #2 engine suffered an uncontained failure:
We didn’t have the ability to dump fuel, the fuel dumping system had failed and we were about 50 tonnes over our maximum landing weight. In the Airbus and the A380 we don’t carry performance and landing charts, we have a performance application. Putting in the ten items affecting landing performance on the initial pass, the computation failed. It gave a message saying it was unable to calculate that many failures.
A shredded engine, fuel transfer issues, loss of hydraulic power on one side and two other degraded engines with associated failure modes would make for a gripping simulation, not to mention an actual flight with pax on board. To that toxic brew add three normal crew plus two check airmen and you have the makings of a significant cockpit resource management case study: Too many cooks can spoil the broth.
They made it work, though, so good on ‘em.
Of course, it can’t have hurt that between them they had 71,000 flight hours.