People are praising a pilot as being “truly amazing”after he decided to turn black his plane as it was about to depart from Manchester Airport in order to allow couple to say goodbye to dying grandson.
A Bradford travel agent named Becky Stephenson stated that two customers had been preparing to go to their Australia vacation via the city of Abu Dhabi before they had received news that their young grandson was severely ill.
She said to The Independent that they already boarded their flight on Etihad Airways and begun switching off both of their cellphones when they spotted missed calls from their daughter’s husband.
“They were taxiing on the runway when they got the text message saying their grandson was in intensive care and they needed to get there,” said Stephenson.
“They passed the message to the crew, who spoke to the captain and he turned the plane back.”
Pilot Decision To Return
The pilot then returned his aircraft to their original gate as staff arranged the process of obtaining the pair’s baggage and aiding them to get back into the airport to immediately get their car and drive back home.
Their young grandson passed away the day after, on March 31, the day the passengers had originally been scheduled to arrive in Australia.
Response To Generous Act
Stephenson said that the couple, both of which did not want to be identified, were extremely grateful to get the opportunity to say bye to the grandson.
“They are so happy,” added Stephenson. “They never in a million years expected to the crew to go so far for them.”
“You shudder to think what would have happened if they hadn’t been able to get off the plane.”