Two British pilots sacked after mid-air row

Two British pilots sacked after mid-air rowPA


Two British pilots have been sacked after having a foul-mouthed row in the cockpit as they approached Malaga airport.

The Mirror reports that an employment tribunal heard how Captain Stephen Bird and First Officer Stephen Akers got into an angry argument that could have compromised passenger safety.

The argument began before they left Exeter airport on board a Flybe Embraer jet, when Captain Bird told Mr Akers he had not completed the pre-flight paperwork "cos you're my bitch."

Tempers flared again on their descent when Captain Bird ignored Mr Akers' request to avoid dark clouds - and they hit turbulence as a result.

When the First Officer asked to discuss, Captain Bird ordered him to "fly the plane".

Mr Akers then accused his boss of being "a control freak".

After landing, Captain Bird offered to shake his hand, but Mr Akers allegedly told him to "f*** off" and stormed out.

Then men both reported the row to their line manager, Captain Stan Wood, and they were later fired over a "potential risk to safety."

Both men are now claiming unfair dismissal and saying that their exchange was just normal cockpit banter.

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Iceland’s increasing popularity for Northern Lights tours triggered this new budget route to Keflavik (45 minutes from vibrant, pub-filled Reykjavík), and 20 minutes from Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon geothermal waters. Add in stunning scenery including geysers and whale-watching trips. 
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Beyond Ibiza’s club scene and its cobbled old town - a Unesco World Heritage site - you’ll find stunning beach coves, sleepy inland villages and varied accommodation from chic boutique hotels to restored rural farmhouses. Ryanair launched a new route from Stansted to Ibiza on March 26,  2012. Returns from £45.98. 

A favourite sunspot for Brits, the western port town of Paphos in Cyprus with two of the most revered archeological sites in the Med - the 13th-century Castle of Paphos and the intricately tiled House of Dionysus. Ryanair launches a new route from Stansted to Paphos on May 2 2012. Returns from £79. 98.

Fuertventura is the second largest Canary Island characterised by vast sand dunes and miles of white, sandy beaches and secluded coves. Inland are white washed buildings and a desert-like landscape. Easyjet launched a new route from Gatwick to Fuerteventura on March 28 2012. Returns from £71.58.

Exuding history and atmosphere by the bucket load - piazzas (and authentic pizzas), museums, designer stores, the Colosseum, the touristy but essential Spanish Steps and the Vatican... Monarch launched a new route to from Luton to Rome on March 25, 2012. Returns from £76. 

With the feel of rural France and the charm of the British seaside, Jersey is the largest Channel Island, just off the coast of Normandy. There's a surprising amount to discover from surf pounding seas, pristine beaches, luxury spas and seriously good food. EasyJet launches a new route from Southend to Jersey on May 2. Returns from £42.98. 

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