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Passenger flies plane after pilot is delayed

How’s this for a start to your vacation?

A planeload of holidaymakers departing Manchester Airport avoided a two-hour delay to their easyJet flight after a passenger volunteered to fly the plane himself. But this was obviously not your ordinary traveller. 


After his wife had told him that they were facing a delay to their Alicante, Spain-bound service, easyJet pilot Michael Bradley took his licence and ID to the airport in case there anything he could do. And there apparently was.



"My wife who's on row 15 with my little boy - hopefully he's asleep by now, I should keep it down or else I'll get told off - she rolled over and punched me in the back of the head and said 'our flight's delayed by two hours because they are minus one captain for the flight'... Mr Bradley told passengers over the plane’s PA, as seen in a Facebook video posted by fellow flyer Michelle Potts.


“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 - deliberately from being punched in the back of the head at 3am - 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.


“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'?” Bradley said, dressed in civvies. 


Bradley, right, with his wife


An airline spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News the carrier was “grateful to one of our pilots who was travelling on holiday from Manchester to Alicante on 2 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,” they said.


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


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 6 September 2019

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