An easyJet Airbus A320-251N takes off from Nice International Airport for its inaugural flight between Nice and Tenerife, in Nice, France. [Photo/Agencies]
An off-duty pilot was hailed a "legend" after stepping in to fly a plane himself to stop the flight being cancelled.
Michael Bradley, a qualified easyJet pilot, had a busman's holiday when he ended up flying a plane that was delayed by two hours.
He told passengers on board the Manchester Airport flight to Alicante that he was offering his services as there was no pilot available.
Mr Bradley was filmed by passenger Michelle Potts making the announcement.
The off-duty pilot was hailed as a legend (Facebook)
The pilot said: "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'.
get told off: 挨骂
"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 and I’d very much like to go on holiday and if you need a favour I’m standing here ready to go."
Mr Bradley said his bosses called him back in less than a minute to give him the go-ahead, saying "please, please pretty please with a big cherry on top, can you fly the aeroplane to Alicante"?
He added: "So if you’re alright for one of your pilots to look like this today, we’ll go to Alicante."
This was met with cheers from the passengers.
Ms Potts posted a video of the pilot's announcement on Facebook, saying "probably would have been cancelled if it wasn't for him! Legend".
An easyJet spokesman said the flight's delay was due to "the knock-on effects of the French Air Traffic Control failure on Sunday, which impacted on crew and meant they had to rely on standbys".
He added: "We are 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. This is fully in line with regulations as he had his licence and ID with him. Safety is always our highest priority."
in line with：符合，与……一致
The spokesman also said the incident was "exceptional", Mr Bradley was legally permitted to fly and he was well-rested from taking four days off.