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Old 08-10-2009, 09:37 AM   #1  
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Default BA 777 Captain reportedly quits

Crash-landing hero pilot quits BA after ‘smear campaign’


The pilot hailed a hero when he oversaw the crash-landing of a British Airways jumbo at Heathrow is leaving the airline after falling victim to a smear campaign, it was claimed today.
Captain Peter Burkill, 45, was praised after the Boeing 777, with 151 people on board, was brought down safely after it suddenly lost power two miles from the runway after a flight from Beijing in January last year.


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Link didn't work for me.

Hero pilot quits over BA smears | The Sun |News
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The FO was the one at the controls.
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:05 PM   #4  
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Well, at least he had fun in his younger, pre-BA days. (link is safe for work, but I suppose the topic is somewhat "adult")


Stupid Celebrities Gossip Heroic pilot Peter Burkill’s sex orgy photos.

(not all Brits are stuffy, apparently)
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It is correct that Peter Burkill will shortly be leaving BA, as shall I.

We are among a total of 78 BA pilots - the majority of whom are Senior Captains on the B747 and B777 fleets - who have accepted a severance offer from BA and who will all leave BA on the 31st August 2009.

For most, this offer amounts to roughly $240,000 (one year's basic salary) of which $50,000 will be tax free under UK tax law, with lesser amounts being offered to those with less than 26 year's service.

I wouldn't presume to speculate on his reasons, as a relative youngster, for leaving BA so early, but it has been widely reported that he was unhappy with some comments that were allegedly made by one or two individuals in the Cabin Crew Training Centre after his incident.

We are told that BA (who, to be fair, has always backed him publicly) investigated the matter, and apparently could find no evidence of any of the alleged comments.

His reputation, amongst his fellow pilots, remains stellar; as does the reputation of his two F/Os; and his departure is widely regarded as a loss to the airline by those who know him.

Even before these 78 pilots have left the airline, BA has already embarked on a second round of pilot job cuts and are are looking to shed another 100 pilots by 31st October 2009.

Only this time there is no offer of any severance payment!

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Sounds like a good chap. It is a shame they bad-mouthed him. Doesn't sound like he deserves it.
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I would imagine he has something else lined up, it would be crazy to dump that kind of seniority at a major airline like BA. I don't care how bad things are at the legacys right now, left seat on a 777 insulates you from a lot of the crap.
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It is correct that Peter Burkill will shortly be leaving BA, as shall I.

We are among a total of 78 BA pilots - the majority of whom are Senior Captains on the B747 and B777 fleets - who have accepted a severance offer from BA and who will all leave BA on the 31st August 2009.

For most, this offer amounts to roughly $240,000 (one year's basic salary) of which $50,000 will be tax free under UK tax law, with lesser amounts being offered to those with less than 26 year's service.

I wouldn't presume to speculate on his reasons, as a relative youngster, for leaving BA so early, but it has been widely reported that he was unhappy with some comments that were allegedly made by one or two individuals in the Cabin Crew Training Centre after his incident.

We are told that BA (who, to be fair, has always backed him publicly) investigated the matter, and apparently could find no evidence of any of the alleged comments.

His reputation, amongst his fellow pilots, remains stellar; as does the reputation of his two F/Os; and his departure is widely regarded as a loss to the airline by those who know him.

Even before these 78 pilots have left the airline, BA has already embarked on a second round of pilot job cuts and are are looking to shed another 100 pilots by 31st October 2009.

Only this time there is no offer of any severance payment!

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I wouldn't presume to speculate on his reasons, as a relative youngster, for leaving BA so early, but it has been widely reported that he was unhappy with some comments that were allegedly made by one or two individuals in the Cabin Crew Training Centre after his incident.

We are told that BA (who, to be fair, has always backed him publicly) investigated the matter, and apparently could find no evidence of any of the alleged comments.
I'm just curious. But why would a CA be so distraught over something said by cabin crew training that he would feel the need to leave?
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There's no way any cabin crew trainer could make me walk off a job. But more importantly, how do you make it to 777 Captain by 45?3
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