Two Flybe pilots sacked after one called the other his ‘bitch’ before mid-flight bust-up: MailOnline

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News)
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A captain was sacked along with a first officer after calling him his ‘bitch’ before a flight in which they had a furious row.

Captain Stephen Bird (left) and First Officer Stephen Akers (right) were sacked from FlyBe following an argument in the cockpit of an aeroplane from Exeter to Malaga

Captain Stephen Bird (left) and First Officer Stephen Akers (right) were sacked from FlyBe following an argument in the cockpit of an aeroplane from Exeter to Malaga

Today the pair sat side by side as they represented themselves in an unfair dismissal case against Flybe.

In his statement Captain Bird, from Northam, North Devon, said that banter was commonplace between work colleagues.

When Mr Akers asked if he had completed the flight log giving details of fuel, weather and the destination, Captain Bird said he hadn’t done the paperwork “‘cos you’re my bitch”.’

Captain Bird said his comment was made in a ‘clearly jovial manner’ with no one else present and was said in ‘jest’.

He said he did not realise that former RAF squadron leader Mr Akers had ‘found it offensive’ and later offered him his sincere apologies.

But during the flight to Malaga there was turbulence over the Bay of Biscay and the seat belts warning sign was switched on.

During the descent to the Spanish airport Mr Akers urged Capt Bird to avoid a weather formation but was reluctant to take his advice because as an experienced Captain he had take into account the implications as they were already running 25 minutes late on the flight in May 2011.

He claimed Mr Akers was becoming very ‘agitated’ and insistent and they clipped the edge of the bad weather and Captain Bird conceded that it was ‘was worse than I expected’.

He claimed Mr Akers wanted to pursue the conversation but the captain told him to ‘fly the plane’ adding he would be happy to discuss it once they had landed.

He said Mr Akers then called him a ‘control freak’. Captain Bird replied: ‘Wow, now I can see why you have had issues with other captains.’

The captain then said if Mr Akers continued to argue with him he would have no choice but to report the incident to the company, to which Mr Akers replied: ‘F*** off.’

The row lasted several minutes but the plane and its crew and passengers landed safely.

Read the full story in the MailOnline…..


By Richard Hartley-parkinson
PUBLISHED: 19 April 2012


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