Passengers of flight traumatized by easyJet pilot’s request

The passengers on an easyJet flight are claiming that they were asked to vote on whether to take off from the tarmac in Spain even though one of the plane’s engines was not working. However, the airline is rejecting their version of the story, claiming that the pilot never asked them to vote on the matter.
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It is never a nice experience when your flight is delayed. However, for the passengers of an easyJet flight that was set to take off from Spain, this was only the beginning of their nightmare. The passengers, who had already boarded the plane in Malaga after a two-day delay, were surprised when the pilot told them that one of the engines was not working and that they needed to vote on whether the aircraft should take off anyway.

According to the Daily Mail, the captain told them that there was a technical problem with one of the engines that there was only a 50% chance of both of them working. At this moment, the passengers claim, they were asked by one of the pilots to vote on whether they want to take off in this condition, a request that left the passengers terrified and in a state of panic. “At this point, there was a bit of a mutiny on the plane, an awful lot of shouting and people crying,” a passenger told the Daily Mail.

Jemma Hooper was on the plane with her husband and four children. “It was absolutely horrendous,” Hooper said. “The pilot himself said he'd never heard or done anything like this in 37 years of flying,” a passenger who asked to remain anonymous stated.

The airline’s story greatly differs from those of the passengers. According to easyJet, the pilot attempted to use one engine in order to start the other in accordance with the company’s protocol. “Because he was aware that the passengers had already been considerably delayed due to a technical problem, the pilot asked the passengers if they would like to get off or remain on board whilst the engine start up sequence continued.”

“At no point did the pilot ask passengers, or would ever attempt, to fly the aircraft without both engines working correctly,” the company stressed.

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