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Passengers leave plane after seeing the state of the pilot

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15 Febrero 2017 17:31

'This particular pilot did not seem emotionally equipped to do that job today. I hope that she gets the help she probably needs.'

She arrived late, in civilian dress, and started ranting about Trump, Clinton and her divorce.

There are a whole host of reasons why a flight can be delayed. A defective radar, missing crew members, or a pilot with indigestion can all postpone your takeoff. But what just occurred at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has to be a first.

Before the United Airlines flight 455 to San Francisco, the pilot seemed to suffer a nervous breakdown, causing the flight to be delayed 90 minutes until she was replaced by another pilot. 

She arrived late in civilian clothes and a baseball cap. She then stood in front of everyone, took the microphone and started to 'rant'.

'Sorry I'm late, the reason I'm late is I'm going through a divorce.' She then asked passengers to vote to see whether she should change into her uniform or fly as she was. At first, most passengers took this as a joke, assuming that the pilot was trying to break the ice, and so they didn't worry too much.

But things went downhill from there. 'Look, I don't care if you voted for Trump or Clinton, they're both a–holes,' she said. One of the passengers, Randy Reiss took to Twitter to describe her behaviour. He mentioned a moment at which the pilot picked out an interracial couple in first class in a clumsy attempt to praise them for their 'unity'. 

Many of the passengers, shaken by the pilot's instability, demanded that the doors be opened so that they could disembark. At first the crew refused, saying that the pilot would fly the plane. The pilot herself tried to reassure passengers: 'So I'll stop, and we'll fly the plane. Don't worry. I'm going to let my co-pilot fly it. He's a man.'

But faced with a plane-full of angry passengers – who had begun filming the situation and posting it on social media – United Airlines soon replaced the woman with another pilot and apologised for the incident. The woman herself also tearfully said she was sorry to the passengers before leaving the plane.

Reiss, the passenger who had been tweeting about the situation as it unfurled, ended up giving the pilot a hug as she was waiting to be replaced. 'Being a pilot is a tough & stressful job. This particular pilot did not seem emotionally equipped to do that job today. I hope that she gets the help she probably needs,' he tweeted after the event.

[Via The Washington Post]

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