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332 MPH fly-by at 28 feet in a Boeing 777-300ER  (Source: Liem Bahneman)

First comes the champagne, then comes the axe.  (Source: Telegraph)
Cathay Pacific pilot fired for 28 foot fly-by in a brand new Boeing 777-300ER

When it comes to American commercial airliners, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has received the majority of the press for the past two years. The 787 uses advanced engines and composite materials to achieve remarkable fuel economy for an aircraft its size.

However, the older Boeing 777-300ER is making news due to the actions of one daring pilot. Captain Ian Wilkinson decided to make the most of the maiden voyage of the Cathay Pacific 777-300ER by showing off the capabilities of the aircraft.

Captain Wilkinson made a 332 MPH pass of the airport control tower at a height of just 28 feet. Onboard the aircraft were Cathay Pacific airline executives who were "stunned into silence", while on the ground stood cheering ground crew.

"We heard afterwards he was asked to do a fly-by of the factory and decided to give them a flight they would never forget," said one Cathay Pacific inside. "But why he chose to do it with the chairman on board is anyone's guess."

Passengers and the flight crew of the brand new 777-300ER toasted Captain Wilkinson with champagne after the fly-by. That might have been the end of the event if it weren’t for the Internet -- a video of the low fly-by found its way to YouTube and Wilkinson soon was suspended, and then later fired for his actions.

"If no one else had found out about it, the incident would probably have gone no further, but once it began circulating on the internet and Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Authority got hold of it, that was the end of him," said a senior pilot for Cathay Pacific.

Captain Wilkinson, who has lived in Hong Kong for the past 15 years, is said to be considering an appeal of his termination -- considering that Wilkinson was pulling down nearly $500,000 USD a year as a pilot, it a near certainty that he will go through with the appeal.

"Wilkinson was showing off, and most of the pilots might be sympathetic, but they feel that he got what he deserved when he was sacked," added Cathay Pacific senior pilot who wished to remain nameless.

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By jadeskye on 2/25/2008 10:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
Well if nothing else he's a hell of a pilot. maybe he should see about flying a fighter plane...

RE: Ace
By ikkeman on 2/25/2008 5:51:41 PM , Rating: 1
Well, if nothing else, he's one hell of an idiot - there is never an excuse for endangering people needlesly

RE: Ace
By 91TTZ on 2/25/2008 7:14:55 PM , Rating: 3
You've posted numerous time in this thread and it has proven nothing else except that you're a pansy, and idiotic pansy at that.

You sound like a gutless, spineless twit.

RE: Ace
By ikkeman on 2/26/2008 12:41:15 PM , Rating: 1
or maybe I live and work in the area and know what happens when a pilot thinks he's good enoug to do this... There's numerous examples of airplanes overrunning the runway because they thought they'd make it, whatever the manual, fmc, ground controller or even the co-pilot thinks.

Get it into your head that this was not a "cool" stunt. Dooing this at an airshow is fine, doing this for fun is not!

And offcourse you're right - I'm a gutless, spineless twit... but at least I am using my brain to think instead of my reproductive organs!

RE: Ace
By 91TTZ on 2/26/2008 1:14:08 PM , Rating: 1
Yup, definitely a pansy. I'd rather have someone like that fly a plane that I'm on instead of someone like you. If something happened, I'll bet that he'd have the courage, training, and experience necessary to get himself out of it, whereas you'd probably just whimper and urinate on yourself.

RE: Ace
By ikkeman on 2/26/2008 1:48:54 PM , Rating: 2
offcourse, the chance of something happening would be much smaller when I'd fly the airplane and just did my job.

RE: Ace
By Motley on 2/26/2008 4:12:00 PM , Rating: 3
I'd still rather have the other guy as my pilot ANY DAY.

RE: Ace
By Richlet on 2/27/2008 12:26:49 PM , Rating: 3
"Yup, definitely a pansy"

Why you're making it personal just shows you can't win a logical argument. You're a funny little person, I like you.

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