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Don’t fiddle with my plane!
A passenger on a Thomas Cook flight fixed the plane's mechanical problem.
July 6, 2009 3:50 by Dana El Baltaji
Passengers on a Thomas Cook flight TXC9641 from Menorca were informed that a mechanical problem will keep the plane grounded for eight-hours, while an engineer was flown out from Britain, reports the BBC.
When the announcement was made, a passenger approached the crew and identified himself as an engineer.
“We checked his license and verified he was who he said he was, and he was able to fix the problem to avoid the delay,” a spokesperson for Thomas Cook said.
“We are very grateful that he was on the flight that day.”
We’re usually calm flyers, but the recent Yemenia and Air France crashes, and the trauma of writing Plane Crashes in 2009 has made us a little jittery.
In short, if we were on board and knew that a passenger was meddling with the plane, we’d throw an end-of-the-world-style fit.