Thursday, June 12, 2008

Polish jet almost crashes due to bad pilot's bad English

A Polish jet weaved across the skies above the outskirts of London because its pilot's spoken English was not good enough to communicate with air traffic control.

The Air Accident Investigations Branch said a Boeing 737 with 95 passengers and crew on board meandered helplessly after the pilot first entered the wrong co-ordinates and was later unable to understand the instructions which he was given by controllers.

At one point the 55-year-old pilot came dangerously close to colliding with another aircraft, investigators said.

The incident took place in June last year when the Lot aircraft set off for Warsaw from Heathrow. (more)

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