Raw video:Released Feb 25/08...A British pilot has been fired after doing a fly-by with a new Boeing 777-330ER at Paine Field in Everett,Seattle last month.
SEATTLE - A British pilot has been fired after doing a fly-by with a new Boeing 777-330ER at Paine Field in Everett last month.
British newspapers report that Captain Ian Wilkinson, 55, flew the Cathay Pacific jet at 300 mph just 28 feet above the ground without landing gear in a ceremonial fly-by on a delivery flight.
Several VIPs - including airline executives and Hong Kong lawmakers - were aboard.
The incident occurred on Jan. 30, when the airplane, the sixth of 30 777-300ERs for delivery to Cathay Pacific, was unveiled at a pre-flight ceremony at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Everett.
The London Telegraph reported that passengers were "said to be stunned into silence," while people on the ground cheered,
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