Plane forced to make a U-turn over Ireland when passengers discover pilot still in training

a plane to New York he was forced to return to London mid-flight after it was revealed that the co-pilot was not properly trained.

Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330 was heading towards jfk airport and was only 40 minutes into the journey on Monday, May 2, when the pilot was discovered. passengers were safe returned to Heathrow after the ‘first officer’s’ co-pilot told the captain that he had not yet completed his final flight test.

He had joined the company in 2017.

The bug was described as a “list bug” by a airline spokesman, as the flight was forced to make a U-turn about ireland.

“The qualified first officer, flying alongside an experienced captain, was replaced by a new pilot to ensure full compliance with Virgin Atlantic’s training protocols, which exceed industry standards,” Virgin said in a statement.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers, who arrived two hours and 40 minutes later than scheduled as a result of the crew change.”

The passengers were left feeling angry after the incident, which had a ripple effect for other flights and connections.

“It was embarrassing for everyone and the passengers were furious,” a source told The Sun.

The UK’s aviation watchdog, the Civil Aviation Authority, said it had been made aware of the incident. “Both pilots were properly licensed and qualified to fly,” he added.

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