Sunday, 11 June 2017

Passengers panic as pilot asks them to vote whether or not to take-off with faulty engine

Pilot 'asked passengers to vote on whether he should fly plane with faulty engine'
Passengers on an EasyJet flight back from Spain panicked when the pilot found out the plane's engine was faulty and asked them to vote on whether he should go ahead and take-off
The travellers - mostly holidaymakers - were about to fly from Malaga to Bristol but had already faced 36 hours of delays when the pilot is said to have asked for a show of hands on whether they should fly.

Only a dozen people said the flight should take off while other passengers had panic attacks and demanded to be let off the plane.
The pilot is said to have told the 150 passengers on board that there was only a 50/50 chance that he would be able to get both engines working, according to the Bristol Post.
The flight had already been delayed by 36 hours causing passengers to remain in hotels overnight before they boarded the plane on Saturday afternoon.
One man from Bath who had been appointed as a spokesman for the passengers said he was sick when he heard the vote being called.
‘The pilot himself said he’d never heard or done anything like this in 37 years of flying,’ he added.
‘He gave us the option, asked us what he should do. He asked for a show of hands. There were some who just wanted to try it, they wanted to get home. But most didn’t. There were girls hyperventilating, lots of people were panicking.
‘There were elderly people on there, and lots of children. The worst thing was we had to wait another hour or two before they would actually let us off the plane,’ he said.
The passengers then flew home on a subsequent flight later that day.
A spokesman for EasyJet said: ‘EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY9958 from Malaga to Bristol on 8 June has been delayed overnight due to a technical issue.
‘Our engineering team worked hard to try and get passengers to get to their destination as soon as possible and originally planned for a departure on 10 June.
‘Unfortunately, a further technical issue occurred and the decision was made to operate the flight with a replacement aircraft from London Gatwick. The flight departed from Malaga on the 10 June.
‘EasyJet fleet complies with all manufacturers requirements. EasyJet passengers safety and wellbeing is our first priority.
‘We sincerely apologise and thank our passengers for their patience.’

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