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'Safe to say I'm finished flying;' British Airways pilot was about to retire

The British Airways pilot at the helm of the flight that suffered a dramatic engine fire in Las Vegas says the Tuesday incident was the first time in his 42-year career that he has been confronted with a life-threatening emergency. And, apparently, it also will be the last time. "It's safe to say I'm finished flying," Chris Henkey told NBC News a day after the incident. ( More...

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James Murphy 10
I think his comment is more pragmatic than emotional. I didn't read this as a "Wow, that was close, I'm done" comment, but instead "I won't be finished with the interviews here before I was scheduled for my last flight."

The perfect Pilot Call on his part; well done. Full Stop.
alan75035 7
Not the water cannon salute he was hoping for.
preacher1 2
I expect it will be his choice.
canuck44 13
By the time the suits are finished with him, he probably will qualify for permanent residency in Las Vegas and would have to requalify if he wanted to sit one more time in the left seat. Pity, he certainly seems like the type I like to sit behind.
ADXbear 5
Congrats on a text book pre V1 engine failure.. and codos to the Flight attendants for doing their jobs..only bad part was seeing passengers with their Luggage.. not good.. people leave you crap on the airplane, it slows the evacuation and can rip the slides making getting off the airplane dangerous.
C C 1
Preflight cabin announcement; passengers carrying luggage during emergency evacuation will be tazered.
Scott Campbell -6
This should be a CRIMINAL ACT and anyone deplaning with luggage should be in deep crap !
Someday people will die before we make a change and a LAW for idiots who grab there bags in an EMERGENCY!
Myla Dale -2
ALL flights have a pre-flight safety presentation. People, you need to be listening! In those instructions there is a specific direction: "Leave your personal belongings behind."
So in fact, it is a criminal act.
Tony Smith 1
Agreed. With ever shortening attention spans in today's world, many people are still texting/calling (even after the boarding door is closed) or with their head phones in instead of listening to the pre-flight emergency briefing by the flight attendants. Of course there is also unfortunately "the rules don't apply to me group" which even if they hear the announcements disregard them as being non applicable to them. Those people need to be fined in situations like this.
lakemountain 1
The problem is that (without significant training / conditioning) people don't act rationally or predictably when experiencing significant fear or panic. While there will be some that are being genuinely selfish or disobedient, plenty won't be thinking straight.
I'm thinking with only 1 ! flight to go he is done. Who here thought otherwise, read the Article, but you'd think they'd let him leave on a positive note and fly one good turn :)
Dan Anderson 2
This is a good indicator of the safety of the aviation field. Forty-two years in aviation with this as the only major incident, and yet nobody died, that sounds pretty good to me.

I hope he is going to have another way of appeasing his "flying bug" as it rarely subsides.
Len Welch 1
There's always FlightSim.
preacher1 3
I can't say as I blame him. LOL
bud gilbert 1
it is not a horse believe me. i would too. happy retirement and great flying.
chalet 1
I would not be surprised if he has now a choice of top corporate jet flying positions.
preacher1 2
Seems to me that's what Tillman did when he retired from USAF and AF1. I think he took over at Discount Tire as director of flight ops in Phoenix.
jim swisher 1
Glad all was well again this week.
Frank Harvey 0
You're supposed to get back on the horse that threw you, or to put it another way you're supposed to put another coin in the slot machine to clear the line you won on.
preacher1 6
Yeah but after 42 years, he may want to quit while he's ahead. LOL. His daughter said she'd like to see him go on 1 more so he could leave on a high note, but to each their own.
Roger Hallett 4
Apparently, he was about to retire anyway; this was his second last scheduled flight. Due to delays caused by the investigation, he won't make it, so to make another flight it will probably be too much for everybody.
Frank Harvey 2
I forgot about the paperwork and the bureaucracy (not belittling the importance for safety). He'll be in demand for awhile, not just with the NTSB, but also the Brit CAA and BA.
He did a good job. The chap in the right seat also.
canuck44 0
Theoretically that is true, but is almost impossible now with all the Boards, investigations, multiple agencies that all want a piece of the post incident action. Psychological proof of this is lacking...I gave a medical discharge to a pilot post Sea King crash who retired from the airlines in the last couple of years with 35,000 incident free hours under his belt.
preacher1 3
I figure he'll still fly some just not commercial, by his choice.
Ruger9X19 0
The 60 year rule strikes again?
preacher1 2
How you figure that? He was 63 and had flown for 42 years.
Ruger9X19 1
Figured 63 and probably nearing 64, The airline would probably put him behind a desk for the remainder of the time why spend the recertification dollars on someone you're only going to get a few months out of at most.
preacher1 2
Wasn't a recert necessary. Read the story; he was 1 trip away from hanging it up, totally. Had this trip panned out, he had a Barbados turn and that was it.
preacher1 6
I already had my retirement planned in 09 when the age 60 rule was still in. It changed before then but we left it in place so as not to upset the transition. It should be his choice though and as this accident has probably caused him to miss that Barbados turn, BA will probably let him have something else if he wants it in order to leave on a high note. This LAS thing was probably as high a note as you could get. Shall we say uneventful. I would think that to know I did everything right as very rewarding.
preacher1 2
He wasn't like a lot of us, take anything we could til we were 65.LOL

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