I know newspapers have to sell copies but…….
I came across banner headlines in a couple of papers yesterday –
Come on now lads…..!
For fuck’s sake!
Let’s look at the facts.
A plane was en route from New York to Frankfurt.
The co-pilot suffered a severe attack of migraine. Nothing life threatening but not conducive to clear thought.
Pilot decides to divert to Dublin as a precaution.
Pilot is quite capable of landing on his own, and anyway cabin staff are trained to assist with check-lists in such a situation. However, it is noted from the passenger lists that a passenger is an off duty airline pilot. Said passenger sits in for the co-pilot during a routine landing.
So the headlines would have us believe that the entire crew were incapacitated and some heroic bloke with a few hours experience on Microsoft Flight Simulator managed to land the plane while the world held its breath? Whereas the truth is that an off duty pilot sat in for the co-pilot during a normal diversion?
What is so fucking heroic about that?
And they wonder why I don’t buy newspapers.