A British Airways pilot drove a passenger with cancer home after the elderly man was left stranded at Heathrow Airport during the weekend of chaos.
Stephen Wearing, 61, flew to Heathrow on an 11-hour journey from Rio de Janeiro when he was forced to park the plane for hours before a gate became available.
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While speaking to passengers on the plane, he came across an elderly man who was returning for a cancer operation and said the person picking him up wasn't available after believing the flight had been cancelled.
Wearing told the Daily Telegraph: "There was a two hour wait for the people who transport wheelchair passengers, so I got my two bags and Victor and I pushed him through."
He then drove the pensioner to his home in Chelsea himself.
Captain Wearing explained to the newspaper: "Victor was ill with cancer, he'd had two strokes and we'd had to move him to Club to lie down."
Meanwhile, British Airways says: "As our IT systems move closer to full operational capacity, we will again run a full schedule at Gatwick and intend to operate a full long haul schedule and a high proportion of our short haul programme at Heathrow.