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British Passenger flies EasyJet plane to Spain after pilot fails to show up

British Passenger flies EasyJet plane to Spain after pilot fails to show up

British Passenger flies EasyJet plane to Spain after pilot fails to show up

Hero dad Michael Bradley flies EasyJet plane to Spain from Manchester to Alicante after pilot fails to show up.

Article by The Manchester Evening News

Michael Bradley told passengers his wife cheekily punched him in the back of the head when operators announced there would be a two-hour delay to the flight.

Dad Michael Bradley, who was waiting patiently to get on board the flight to Alicante , decided he didn’t want to wait after operators announced there would be a two-hour delay.

The qualified easyJet pilot came equipped with his licence and ID before offering his services to the company in a desperate bid to get him, his wife and young son on their much-anticipated holiday.

Passengers flying from Manchester were astonished when they saw the plain-clothed dad step into the cockpit after being given the green light to fly the passenger plane

“So just before we went through security I thought I wonder if this is worth a phone call, I think it is because I’d like to go on holiday”.

“I phoned up easyJet and said ‘Hiya, I’m standing in the terminal doing nothing. I have got my licence with me, I have got my ID with me and I’d very much like to go on holiday and if you need a favour I’m standing here ready to go.

He added: “They said ‘we’ll phone you back’. Thirty eight seconds later they phoned me back and said ‘please, please pretty please with a big cherry on top, can you fly the aeroplane to Alicante’?

Commenting on his casual dress, but stressing he’d ‘stuck a pair of shoes on just in case’, Michael, who also works for the airline, said: “So if you’re alright for one of your pilots to look like this today, we’ll go to Alicante” and was met with cheers from the passengers.

A spokesman for easyJet said the flight’s delay was “due to the knock on effects of the French ATC failure on Sunday” which impacted on crew and meant they had to rely on standbys.

He said: “We are grateful to one of our pilots who was travelling on holiday from Manchester to Alicante on 2nd September with his family and volunteered to operate the flight.

“This meant customers could get to their destination and shows the commitment and dedication of our crew.

“This is fully in line with regulations as he had his licence and ID with him. Safety is always our highest priority.

The spokesman said the incident was ‘exceptional’ and stressed that Michael was well rested, having previously had four days off, and was legally permitted to fly the aircraft

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