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.
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.”
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.”