DIKSIA.COM - This is the story that is still widely discussed today. British tourists fly to Spain after airline pilot fails to show up.
As the New York Post reported on Tuesday (02/01/2024), this incident actually occurred in 2019. However, the story became a sensation again after it appeared in several British media outlets such as the Mirror and the Manchester Evening News during the New Year holidays .
According to one report, he eventually took control himself. What is notable, however, is that he was qualified for the mission as he also flew for the airline.
Michael Bradley originally planned to travel on vacation with his family. Circumstances required him to take on the task after easyJet told passengers at Manchester Airport that the flight was missing a captain.
Bradley volunteered to climb into the cockpit and help fly the plane to its intended destination, Alicante, the report said.
He said he was legally allowed to fly because he had previously had four days off and had his permit with him.
“I called easyJet and said, ‘Hello, I'm standing in the terminal doing nothing. I have my SIM card with me,'” Bradley told the media.
“Thirty-eight seconds later they called me back and said, ‘Please, please, please, please, can you take the plane to Alicante?'
Before the plane took off, Bradley made an announcement to his family sitting in the back of the plane.
“My wife is sitting in row 15 with my son. Hopefully he is sleeping now, I have to stay calm or I will be scolded,” he said.
An easyJet spokesman praised the off-duty pilot for stepping forward to fly the plane.
“We would like to thank one of our pilots who was on holiday from Manchester to Alicante with his family on September 2nd and who volunteered to operate the flight,” the spokesman said.
“This means customers can achieve their goals and shows the commitment and dedication of our crew,” he said.