Saturday 20 January 2018

'He's on a secret mission' - pilot writes absence notes for pupils aboard delayed flight

'Some of them were pleased they were going to be missing school the next day, but some were looking a bit nervous'

An easyJet flight. Photo: PA Wire/Press Association Images
An easyJet flight. Photo: PA Wire/Press Association Images

A pilot has written more than 30 absence notes for school children who were forced to miss school after the flight was delayed.

Easyjet’s Captain Wayne Mott, was trying to fly the passengers - including the children and their families and three teachers - from Cyprus to London Gatwick at the end of half term on Sunday 1 November.

But heavy fog meant the flight was delayed for hours and eventually had to be rescheduled for the following Monday morning.

Mr Mott, who has been a pilot for 15 years, told Petersfield Post: “Some of [the children] were pleased they were going to be missing school the next day, but some were looking a bit nervous.”

“I wrote all sorts of things to the teachers explaining the absences," said Mr Mott, adding that he even wrote a note excusing a teacher.

Joshua Skuse, who attends Herne Junior School in Petersfield, was one of the students who passed the letter onto his school.

After apologising for the eight-year-old's absence, the letter cited the following reason: “He has been involved in a secret mission in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea at very short notice."

"We hope that the mission will soon be complete and that he will see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday morning.”

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