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March 15, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

British Airways passengers were startled last week when the pilot of their B747 emerged from the cockpit before take-off to deliver the safety demonstration while the plane taxied to the runway.

As well as showing passengers how to fasten their seatbelts, the pilot also pointed out the emergency exits.

The unusual occurrence was reported in Wings Journal and in the London Sun newspaper. One of the passengers, Jo Osborn, took to Twitter to tell the world about the odd experience.

“‘We’re short of the crew today so the pilot is helping with the safety demo’. Want me to do it @British_Airways, so he can fly the plane?” she wrote.

The captain returned to the flight deck well before the plane took off on the 10-hour flight to Houston, which had three pilots and 13 crew aboard, the Sun reported.

Replying to Jo on Twitter, BA said “We normally have two pilots on each flight, Jo. Hope this clarifies matters.”

British Airways later reiterated: “We would never operate a flight without the sufficient numbers of fully trained pilots and cabin crew. The Houston flight had three pilots and 13 cabin crew on board. Our cabin crew and pilots always work as a team to ensure the safety of our customers.”

So why did a pilot emerge to try his hand at the safety demonstration? That point  seems not to have been answered.

Written by Peter Needham

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