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Sunday 29 October 2023

When your pilot makes an error

Everyone who takes a commercial flight hopes that their pilot does not make an error.

A pilot for British budget airline easyJet made a doozy this week - but fortunately no one got hurt.

British holidaymakers experienced a dramatic start to their Mallorca holiday when their easyJet flight from Birmingham to Palma Airport touched down and was immediately surrounded by armed police and the Civil Guard.

The reason for the panic was a a cockpit hijack alert activated ‘by mistake,’ Travel Mole reported.

The Spanish police operation - which involved around 20 officers - is apparently normal protocol when hijack alerts are activated.

The aircraft was escorted away from the airport terminal and inspected by the armed officers before being given the all clear.

The pilot was interviewed and confirmed it was a false alarm that he activated in error just as the flight was about to land.

The return flight to Birmingham was delayed by about 90 minutes because of the incident.

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