Ryanair gives Channel 4 pilot the old heave-ho

The airline has fired the pilot who appeared on TV questioning its safety

by Gabriella Griffith
Last Updated: 05 Sep 2013
A senior Ryanair pilot, who appeared on Channel 4’s Dispatches questioning the airline’s safety record, has been fired by the firm. Captain John Goss appeared in the documentary, ‘Ryanair: Secrets from the cockpit,’ aired earlier this week, and was filmed claiming Ryanair encourages pilots to carry less back-up fuel.

The no frills airline is taking legal action against what it claims are the ‘defamatory contributions’ made by Goss to the TV show.

The program features Goss alleging he had received a letter from Ryanair telling him off for using too much fuel. He also claimed other pilots at the airline don’t have confidence in the safety reporting systems of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

‘We will not allow a Ryanair employee to defame our safety on national television just three weeks after he confirmed in writing to Ryanair that he had no concerns with safety,’ a spokesperson for the budget carrier said.

‘We look forward to correcting Mr Goss's defamatory claims in court in due course, but will not be commenting further on this issue which is now the subject of legal proceedings.’

Ryanair has defended its ‘29-year safety record’, reiterating IAA’s statement the airline has a safety record on par with the safest airlines in Europe.

Goss is being advised by the Ryanair Pilot Group, a union unrecognised by Ryanair, and hasn’t commented about his dismissal. It has emerged he was expected to retire in October of this year. He was the only pilot to be identified in the documentary.

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