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'This is your captain. Sorry... but I'm not qualified to land the plane,' Flybe pilot tells stunned passengers

Posted on 4:19 AM by Sameer Shah

They are not the most comforting words to hear at 30,000ft.

So imagine the shock of passengers on a Flybe aircraft who heard the captain announce: 'Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane.'

He then turned it around and flew back to the airport they had left hours earlier.



It is understood the plane could not be landed by the co-pilot as both pilots must have the correct flying qualifications.


The Civil Aviation Authority yesterday backed the pilot's action and said: 'He did the right thing.'

A spokesman added: 'If he had landed in Paris he could have been prosecuted.

'It is not like driving a car where you can pull over into a lay-by to look up the handbook. A pilot can't do that at 12,000 feet with 100 passengers sitting behind.'

Independent aviation consultant Simon Gill said: 'His only mistake was announcing his lack of qualification. If he had just said it was not safe to land because of adverse weather conditions, nobody would have minded.'

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