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Monday, February 25, 2008

Co-pilot dies during plane flight

Sometimes in the news events happen in a series, rather like waiting for a bus. All of a sudden, three turn up at once. Manchester Airport, which had an emergency landing last week, has seen another incident, this time the co-pilot of a holiday flight to Paphos was suddenly taken ill and died.

The GB Airways Airbus A320, with 156 passengers on board, was diverted to Istanbul yesterday afternoon. The airline said, "It is with deep regret that GB Airways can confirm that the First Officer on flight BA 6826 from Manchester to Paphos, Cyprus died during the flight."

None of these incidents are real cause for alarm with regard to safety. The only alarm is to the friends and family of the co-pilot. We cannot determine the time or place of our death. Most of us will go in some form of relative obscurity. Those that are in a more public position, whether famous or not, are likely to have a publicity attached if the circumstances dictate.

Safety on planes is paramount, but all of us who get on planes, whether for business or pleasure, should spare a thought for the ones up front. It is not all Rambo stuff and can be quite tedious, and stressful at times. Getting us safely to our destination is an unseen task mainly.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the first officer's wife and family following this tragic news," the GB Airways spokeswoman said. Quite right.


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