It was a nice shock for passengers and the pilot of the Air India flight from Port Blair because it touched down Chennai on Thursday. The Air Traffic Controller instructed the pilot to “turn into a particular taxi track”. Moments later, water from two hearth tenders hit the flight for a water cannon salute, honouring the pilot, Captain Sebastian Joseph, who would retire the following day after a 33-year-long tenure with the airline. It was his sign-off flight.
His spouse Mischelle, a senior cabin crew was on responsibility on the identical flight and his son Karan, a pilot with one other airline was onboard too as a passenger to make it particular. None of them knew this was deliberate.
“It was an emotional moment. I didn’t expect such a big surprise. My colleagues and my students put together a fabulous send-off,” Captain Sebastian informed NDTV.
Captain Sebastian has skilled and groomed round 100 pilots. Three have been on the flight. Passengers additionally acquired to listen to about his contribution from them on the general public deal with system.
An alumnus of Loyola College, Captain Sebastian says he was thinking about flying after seeing wings adorning shirts of the NCC flying membership members in school. He joined flying courses throughout his second 12 months and joined Air India in 1987 and there was no stopping him since.
No luring by non-public airways labored and his love story with the Maharaja continued for 33 years.
Captain Sebastian says, “Air India is more like a family. If there is a problem, you have someone who you can call up who knows how to go about. It’s like a family”.
He says he started with flying Boeing 737 and over time switched to A320, A330 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The veteran who loves difficult desk high landings in addition to touching down on hilly terrains and unfavourable climate circumstances says Srinagar and Ladakh are his favorite spots.
Having been a non-medical frontline warrior flying passengers amid the coronavirus pandemic, the veteran says lethal virus has shaken the aviation business. When requested for a message for aspiring pilots he says this isn’t one of the best time.
“A lot of people are scared to board an aircraft even though people wear PPEs. Business travellers are getting used to teleconferencing. But definitely flying will come up,” he provides.