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BA hero pilot rewarded with trip to Barbados

Source: The Mirror UK

The hero pilot in the British Airways blaze drama has retired and been rewarded with a trip to Barbados.

Chris Henkey, 63, oversaw a “perfect” evacuation of 157 passengers and 13 crew when his Boeing 777 engine caught fire before take-off in Las Vegas on September 9.



Fire on British Airways flight 2276 on a Las Vegas runway on Sept 9


He revealed how BA had given him and his 42-year-old fiancee Lenka Nevolna an all expenses paid trip to the Caribbean island.

He said: “It should’ve been my last flight before I retired but they sent me out as a passenger and paid for my other half as well, which was nice.”


Lenka Nevolna with her partner, British Airways pilot Chris Henkey

Speaking from his home in Padworth, Berks, Chris said of last week’s blaze: “Traumatic I suppose is the word to describe it all, but we’re over it now. You can’t prepare for it really.”

He said of the September 9 drama: “I’m not allowed to talk about the incident itself as it’s in an ongoing investigation. I know people are interested but I can’t talk about the thing itself. It has been a busy time but an interesting one. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.

“I saw one of the passengers put a big thank you in one of the papers, that was nice.”


9 Responses to BA hero pilot rewarded with trip to Barbados

  1. Bajan boy September 17, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Well deserved Captain barbados welcomes you and wish you a happy retirement. Please spend most of your retirement and your retirement $ here. Enjoy your stay..God bless…

  2. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne September 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    GOD bless u Chris.job well done

  3. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase September 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    His next flight (work) was actually to Barbados. Must feel great to be on it but vacationing.

  4. Margo Byer
    Margo Byer September 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Great job…enjoy your rewards…Blessings!!

  5. Margaret Ross-Salavarria September 19, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Barbados, the best place to be after such a traumatic experience. Enjoy yourself with your other half and God bless!


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