Being an airline pilot used to be a glamorous job, one that allowed you to travel the world while wearing a sexy uniform. Now, most commercial pilots find themselves fighting their employers for decent pay and working conditions as they work absurd schedules. However, pilots aren’t blameless; plenty have also put themselves and others in danger with stupid antics over the past few years. Here are the worst stories:
Off-Duty Pilot Who Took Mushrooms And Stayed Awake 40 Hours, Then Tried To Down Plane
When an off-duty Alaska Airlines pilot tried to kill the engines on a commercial flight earlier this week, every reaction seemed to coalesce around a single question: “Hey, bud, why’d you do that?” Now, after a police interview, it seems the pilot has finally given us the answer. Turns out he was high as balls.
Drunk Pilot Crashes Ultralight Plane Into Subdivision Front Yard
Remember the beginning of Independence Day, when we first meet Randy Quaid’s character? He’s in a red biplane, drunkenly crop-dusting the wrong property before landing on a local road. While the character saw redemption later in the movie, it seems an Indiana pilot has decided that this version of Russell Casse is the one to idolize — only with out quite as smooth a landing.
We couldn’t let the airline pilots hog the spotlight. Continue reading to find out how this drunk pilot crashed a ultralight into someone’s yard.
British Airways Pilot Flies 525 Miles In The Wrong Direction
Once you’re on a plane, your fate is in the hands of the pilot. You’re going where they want to go. Unfortunately, the pilot of a recent British Airways flight from London to Düsseldorf, Germany, ended up in Scotland, 525 miles away from a whole plane full of people’s intended destination, all thanks to some shoddy paperwork.
The BBC reports passengers only realized the error when the clueless pilot announced to their confused passengers, “Welcome to Edinburgh.” The passengers thought it was a joke until the airline stewards asked by a show of hands who was expecting to go to Düsseldorf that day.
Continue reading to see how British Airways handled one of their pilots landing in the wrong country.
British Airways Pilot Fired For Snorting A Line Of Cocaine Off Of A Topless Woman
A British Airways pilot was fired and will likely never fly a commercial airliner again after he attempted to work a 12-hour flight after a night of hard partying where he used cocaine. The pilot was caught after he bragged about his night out to a flight attendant via text message. The attendant then reported the incident to Britain’s flag carrier. British Airways immediately suspended the pilot and canceled the intercontinental flight.
Continue reading to find how bad things got one this British Airways pilot after he snored coke off of a woman’s chest.
United Airlines Pilot Accused Of Using Ax To Attack Airport Parking Lot Gate
One United Airlines pilot seemingly snapped in an employee parking lot at Denver International Airport. KCNC reported that 63-year-old Kenneth Henderson Jones was arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief in early August. The alleged incident was caught on the airport’s CCTV cameras. The footage shows someone in a pilot’s uniform, identified as Jones, attack a parking lot gate with an ax.
Continue reading to find out how two baggage handlers managed to disarm this rogue United Airlines pilot.
United Airlines Pilot Arrested For Intoxication Moments Before Flying 267 Passengers
A flight from Paris to Washington D.C. was canceled after the pilot was arrested before he could go drunk flying over the weekend.
United Airlines flight UA331 was supposed to leave Charles De Gaulle International Airport at 5 p.m. That was before security officials spotted the pilot with glassy eyes and staggering slightly before boarding around 3 p.m. in the afternoon, according to Le Parisian via One Mile At A Time.
Continue reading to how far this United Airlines pilot got with his blood-alcohol level at almost three times over the legal limit.
Pilot Threatened to Crash Fully Fueled Plane Into A Walmart, Lands Safely
Around 5 a.m. Saturday, Cory Wayne Patterson stole a Beechcraft King Air C90A and took off from Tupelo Regional Airport in Tupelo, Mississippi. WREG reported that the 29-year-old Patterson worked at the airport fueling planes for the last decade. He was able to depart without any issue since the airport’s control tower isn’t usually staffed until 6 a.m. Fifteen minutes into his flight, Patterson called 911 and threatened to crash the Beechcraft into the local Walmart. Police responded promptly, evacuating the Walmart and its immediate surroundings.
Continue reading to find out how this refueler eventually ended up on the ground and not inside a Walmart.
Air Canada Pilot Kicks Passengers Off Flight For Refusing To Sit In Wet Vomit-Stained Seats
Susan Benson, a passenger on the flight, shared her experience in a viral Facebook post. A passenger on the previous flight had vomited in that row of seats. Staff from the Canadian flag carrier quickly wiped the seats down before the next flight. They also sprayed perfume and put coffee grounds in the seatback pouches to try to hide the smell.
Continue reading to find out how quickly this Air Canada pilot snapped on two innocent passengers.
YouTuber Pleads Guilty To Deliberately Crashing Plane
Trevor Jacob, a 29-year-old YouTuber and former Olympic snowboarder, has pleaded guilty to a felony charge for obstructing a federal investigation by destroying the wreckage of an airplane that he deliberately crashed. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Jacob admitted in his plea agreement that he lied about the aircraft’s total loss of power and crashed the plane to garner online views and make money.
Continue reading to find out how this former Olympian tried to crash a plane as well as exploit his more famous friend’s wingsuit crash death for views.
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