Apologetic pilot to make flying visit to Petersfield school

- Local People

A BIG-hearted pilot may soon be swooping in on a Petersfield school.

Captain Wayne Mott of Easyjet came to the rescue when his passengers were stranded due to fog, with children on board worried about school the next day.

He wrote jokey apology notes to their teachers explaining their absence, including one for Joshua Skuse of Herne Junior School.

Josh (8) took it in to show his teacher and class, and now Wayne may pay a visit.

He is to contact the school to ask if they would like a talk from him about being a pilot.

“They are our customers of the future,” enthused Wayne (46), who has been a pilot for 15 years and with Easyjet for around eight.

He is based at Gatwick, which was submerged in fog at the end of half term when Josh and his family were due to fly back from a week in Cyprus.

This meant passengers, including 42 children and their families, and three teachers, were kept in the plane for several hours in Cyprus before the flight was rescheduled for the next morning, a Monday.

“Some of them were pleased they were going to be missing school the next day, but some were looking a bit nervous,” said father-of-three Wayne.

He and the crew organised a colouring competition, cockpit visits, and the letters to schools.

“I wrote all sorts of things to the teachers explaining the absences,” said Wayne, “and I wrote a letter to one headteacher for one of the teachers too! They were a really nice bunch of passengers.”