Monday, February 25, 2008
How Low Can You Go?
A British pilot has been fired by Catahy Pacific for this low flying stunt during the delivery flight of this Boeing 777. Captain Ian Wilkinson apparently "astonished passengers" by taking et to within 28ft (8.5m) of the ground shortly after take-off from Boeing’s US manufacturing plant in Seattle according to reports. Check the dodgy video footage but it looks higher than 28ft to me..
The 322mph fly-by was cheered by onlookers, and the pilot, who is said to be one of the most senior pilots with the airline. Ray Middleton, his British co-pilot, who had been unaware that the fly-by was performed without official permission, was suspended from training duties for six months. Chris Pratt, the chairman of Cathay Pacific wasamong the VIP passengers who were on board the £100 million plane.