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TravelOff-duty pilot on vacation flies plane after pilot no-shows

19:15  05 september  2019
19:15  05 september  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Off - duty easyJet captain heading to Alicante with his wife and son ends up flying the plane himself when he Off - duty pilot Michael Bradley was caught up in the chaos with his wife and child. Video taken by startled passenger Michelle Potts, from Denton, Greater Manchester, shows Mr Bradley

Off-duty pilot on vacation flies plane after pilot no-shows© Facebook/Michelle Potts
  • An off-duty pilot heading on vacation with his family on Monday ended up flying the plane himself after a missing pilot delayed the departure by two hours.
  • Michael Bradley flew the EasyJet flight from Manchester, UK, to Alicante, Spain, after he brought his pilot ID to the airport when he heard the pilot originally set to fly the plane was late.
  • Videos posted to Facebook showed Bradley being met with wild applause after telling passengers that EasyJet had just cleared him to pilot the flight.
  • EasyJet confirmed the news to Business Insider and said: "This is fully in line with regulations as he had his license and ID with him. Safety is always our highest priority."
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Videos posted to Facebook by a passenger named Michelle Potts showed the pilot, Michael Bradley, telling passengers on an EasyJet flight from Manchester, UK, to Alicante, Spain, that he brought his pilot ID to the airport after hearing of the delay.

The video then showed Bradley, who works for the airline, being met with wild applause after telling passengers that he had just been given permission to fly the plane.

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"I phoned up EasyJet and said, 'Hi, I'm standing in the terminal doing nothing.' I have got my license with me," he told the passengers. "'I have got my ID with me and I'd very much like to go on holiday and if you need a favor, I'm standing here ready to go.'

"They said: 'We'll phone you back.' 38 seconds later they phoned me back and said: 'Please, please pretty please with a big cherry on top, can you fly the airplane to Alicante?'"

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Michael Bradley, a qualified easyJet pilot , took his licence and ID along to the airport after being warned the Sunday evening flight was delayed by two hours. Grateful passenger Michelle Potts shared a video of the moment off - duty pilot Micheal stepped in on Facebook (Picture: MEN MEDIA).

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An EasyJet spokeswoman confirmed the events to Business Insider, saying that Bradley flying the plane was "fully in line with regulations as he had his flying license and pilot's ID with him."

Off-duty pilot on vacation flies plane after pilot no-shows© EasyJet

Bradley joked with passengers over the intercom about his casual attire, saying: "So if you're all right for one of your pilots to look like this today, we'll go to Alicante."

The pilot scheduled to fly the plane was stuck on home standby in Liverpool, Bradley said, caused by the knock-on effects of a French air-traffic-control failure on Sunday.

"We are grateful to one of our pilots who was traveling on holiday from Manchester to Alicante on September 2 with his family and volunteered to operate the flight," an EasyJet spokeswoman told Business Insider.

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

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