Frontier Former Editor

January 30, 2008

Today’s life lesson: Never say ‘eh’ to the nice Air Canada pilot, eh?

Filed under: Air Canada, airlines, George Beurling, I'm nuts about flying, nervous breakdown, William Shatner — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:56 pm


Even a Canadian has to let go once in a while, although it’s been a long time since the last Canadian was hauled off an airliner in restraints . . . .  (here)

The co-pilot of a Heathrow-bound plane was dragged kicking and screaming from the cockpit after suffering a mental breakdown while in control of the flight.

He began yelling and “invoking God” as the Air Canada 767 flew at 37,000 feet over the Atlantic. He was held down by other crew members and a passenger, a member of the Canadian armed forces.

The co-pilot then had restraints fastened to his wrists and ankles and was handcuffed to a seat. The flight from Toronto made an emergency landing in Shannon and the co-pilot, who had been crying and screaming according to witnesses, was taken off the plane.

He was taken by ambulance to a psychiatric ward where he is being treated for a suspected nervous breakdown.

No word about reports of suspicious claw marks and missing panels around the port engine nacelle, though. 

 Actually, this makes for three Canadians I know of who might be considered dangerous in the air (Celine Dion in first class notwithstanding) . . . . . (here)


  1. Terrifying. I remember this from my childhood.

    Comment by Miss Cellania — January 30, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  2. wow that is an amazing story. that poor guy, wonder what happened?

    Comment by nursemyra — January 31, 2008 @ 3:42 am

  3. Perhaps somebody called him Shirley?

    Ooooh, The Twilight Zone *shudder*. Not half as scary as The Outer Limits though.

    Comment by azahar — February 1, 2008 @ 6:11 am

  4. shirley? oh ha ha azahar, good one 🙂

    Comment by nursemyra — February 1, 2008 @ 7:01 am

  5. Don’t call me Shirley.

    I picked a bad day to stop sniffing glue . . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — February 1, 2008 @ 7:37 am

  6. Isn’t it interesting that while the Wikipedia page nicknames him “Buzz”, the page at WWII Aces refers to Beurling as “Screwball”?

    Wow … The Shat, Beurling, Celine, Leslie Nielsen, my buddy Sean (who drunkenly barfed down the necks of a short colonel, full colonel, and a commodore as we landed in Edmonton) … Canucks really shouldn’t be flying at all, should we?

    No wonder we’re all sent to the “Extra Harrassment” line at the airport.

    Hmmm …

    Anyone want to help me write the hit horror flick of 2008?

    “Canadians on a Plane”!

    Comment by Metro — February 1, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  7. Not to mention what must have been on the minds of the folks at deHavilland Canada when they designed a plane and named it Beaver . . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — February 1, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  8. Ummm…? 🙄

    Comment by azahar — February 2, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  9. Oh hi. I haven’t been around here for bloody ages and I’m not at all sure why. Anyway, I’ll be back. Really I will.

    Comment by Richard — February 4, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

  10. I’ve been dying to post about this, but the stupid computer keeps crashing. Best headline I saw was:
    “This is your pilot speaking. To God.”

    PS I love that Twilight Zone episode.

    Comment by raincoaster — February 6, 2008 @ 9:48 am

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