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Published on 29th September 2010 by Darryl Morrell, 3883 views
British Airways is poised to rehire the captain of the Boeing 777-200 which crashed at London Heathrow, nearly three years after the accident .
Captain Peter Burkill was the commander of flight BA038 from Beijing which crashed at Heathrow on 17 January 2008, after ice obstructed the aircraft fuel systems during final approach.
Sources close to Mr Burkill state that he is likely to rejoin the carrier in November, although contracts have yet to be finalised.
Everyone on board BA038 survived the accident, and investigators praised the actions of Burkill and his crew.
But Burkill felt under pressure in the months afterwards and eventually left the airline. Although he wanted to continue flying, he struggled to find alternative employment as a pilot, partly owing to the stigma of his association with the high-profile crash.
Following an indepth investigation it was stated that Captain Birkhill`s decision to retract the flaps moments before impact ultimately led to the aircraft being able to stay airbourne longer and not crashland earlier which would have seen many more serious injuries and most definately fatalities.
(2. 10. 2010, 19:31 CET)
I respect that man very much for getting a fully loaded 777 down safely, I am a 747 400 pilot for virgin atlantic and i hope i never have to deal with a situation like that.
2 Anita du Plessis
(17. 10. 2010, 11:54 CET)
I respect the decitions these pilots make, they have so much weighing in on their shoulders everytime they start one of those boeings. Im an ATC and know the stress that comes with the job, but you gotta love it!!