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.”

Chris-Henkey
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…

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

    GOD bless u Chris.job well done

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  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.

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

    Great job…enjoy your rewards…Blessings!!

    Reply
  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!

    Reply

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