Flying High | Easyjet Pilot Convicted for Landing Plane in Paris After Taking Ecstasy
He was recorded saying: “I had the sweats. I wasn’t feeling well. I was just doing any old thing as we came in for landing.”
“Hello, this is your captain speaking… AND THIS IS ‘ORIGINAL NUTTAH’ BY SHY FX. LET ME SEE YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR. HUMANS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. LOOK AT THOSE CLOUDS. I LOVE YOU ALL. LET’S DANCE."
This is what we imagine the mid-flight announcements were like on the flight where a French Easyjet pilot has been convicted of flying after taking an ecstasy tablet. While the plane was at however-many-feet, the pilot was even higher.
“FIRST OFFICER. I COMMAND YOU TO BE THE HYPE MAN."
Though, given that police needed a tapped phone conversation to convict him of the crime, we’re maybe a little off the mark.
But yeah, that’s right. An Easyjet pilot has been convicted for flying under the after-effects of taking a third of a pill of ecstasy. That’s the after-effects of the drug, so in normal-person speak, the comedown the day after having taken the pill.
Which is probably one of the many reasons why he wasn’t playing Shy FX.
The pilot admitted that the situation made him struggle to land a plane in Paris Orly earlier this year. Which if we’re being honest, is pretty terrifying.
The police had actually tapped the phone of a member of a prominent Paris drug ring, and the member was then recorded speaking to the pilot in question on the phone as the pilot recounted how he struggled to land the plane in the prominent airport in the French capital in May.
The Telegraph report that police heard the pilot say: “I had the sweats. I wasn’t feeling well. I was just doing any old thing as we came in for landing."
The Créteil criminal court have banned the man from piloting and also handed him a 12-month suspended prison sentence.
In court, the pilot admitted his actions were “inexcusable", saying that he believed the effects of the drug would have worn off in two hours.
The pilot is said to be an addict, who takes a range of banned substances, but normally leaves it “two or three days" before flying after taking drugs. He is also a father of three.
EasyJet meanwhile have released a statement saying that the pilot in question was removed from their rota once the police investigation got underway, and said that disciplinary proceedings were also underway.
They said: "The safety of passengers and the crew of EasyJet is our number one priority and we have a zero tolerance approach to drugs and alcohol.
"As a first officer he would always have flown under the command of an experienced EasyJet Captain and had any Captain he flew with seen behaviour suggesting drug use or any other safety breaches on this pilot's flights we would have taken immediate action and stood the first officer down from duty."