Pilot Tells Passengers On Flight That They Have A 50/50 Chance Of Survival

A show of hands is not normally how passengers on a flight would expect a plane to take off and fly them to their destination, but passengers on an EasyJet flight from Malaga to Bristol found themselves in this incredulous situation.

Passengers on the flight had been delayed due to technical problems the aeroplane had been experiencing and the pilot told the stunned passengers that there was a 50/50 chance of both engines working and he had never experienced anything like this in his 37 years of flying and gave the passengers the option of a show of hands to see if anyone wished to risk the flight.

At this point, emotions were running high and there was a bit of a mutiny on the plane, an awful lot of shouting and people crying, and demanding to get off. A passenger on board said, “He said we could stay on the plane – we’d been on it waiting for an hour at this point and been in Malaga for two nights extra already – or he’d see if we would be allowed to get off again.”

A spokesperson for the passengers told reporters “There were some who just wanted to try it, they wanted to get home. But most didn’t. There were girls hyperventilating, lots of people were panicking. “The worst thing was we had to wait another hour or two before they would actually let us off the plane.”

A spokesman for EasyJet confirmed that flight EZY9958 from Malaga to Bristol on June 8 had been delayed overnight due to a technical issue, and that the Passengers had been provided with meal vouchers, hotel accommodation and updates.

The spokesman went on to say that EasyJet’s engineering team worked hard to try and get passengers to their destination as soon as possible, but unfortunately, further technical difficulties occurred and the decision was made to operate the flight with a replacement aircraft from London Gatwick.

The EasyJet spokesman later stated “The flight departed from Malaga on June 10. The EasyJet fleet complies with all manufacturer’s requirements. EasyJet passenger’s safety and wellbeing is our first priority. We sincerely apologise and thank our passengers for their patience.”