Twin airline pilots retire by landing final flights at Heathrow 30 seconds apart

Nicholas (left) and Jeremy Hart finishing their careers at Heathrow CREDIT: PA/STUART BAILEY

Twin brothers, who arrived in the world 30 minutes apart, have both retired as airline pilots by landing their final flights just 30 seconds apart.

Captains Jeremy and Nick Hart celebrated their 60th birthdays by touching down for the last time at Heathrow Airport.

Despite both working for British Airways for the last five years, the brothers have not flown together due to their senior rank.

 Jeremy, from Flitton, Bedfordshire, described landing alongside his brother as “a good way to finish”.

“I’ve spent over two and a half years in the air,” he told the Press Association. “A lot of it in the holding pattern over Heathrow.”

He added they “never had a rivalry” over their flying careers, and were “always supportive” of each other.

For their final flights Nick flew in from Gothenburg, Sweden, at 12.34pm on Thursday, while Jeremy landed after flying from Geneva, Switzerland, at 12.35pm.

Jeremy (left) and Nicholas Hart CREDIT: PA/STUART BAILEY

Between them the brothers have clocked up almost 45,000 flying hours and flown more than two million passengers.

Jeremy signed up to BA in 1987, while Nick joined the company from British Midland in 2012, when it was absorbed by the flag carrier.

Nick, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, said: “I’ve done 28 years short-haul flying. That’s about 11,000 flights. It’s at least 1.2 million passengers.

“Like every aeroplane has its last landing, so does a pilot. I think that’s the way to look at it.”

The pair are not identical, but look and sound so similar that they are often mistaken for one another.

Nick said: “Years ago Jerry never mentioned to his colleagues at British Airways that he had a twin brother who flew for British Midland, and one day a British Airways pilot strode over to me at Heathrow and asked what on earth I thought I was doing dressing up in a British Midland uniform.

“It took a bit of explaining to convince him that I wasn’t Jerry.”

BA’s head Airbus pilot James Basnett said: “They arrived in the world 30 minutes apart, flew the same aircraft in the same airline, and then departed in the same manner that they arrived. Minutes apart.

“A fitting finale to long and impressive careers and I know that they will be sorely missed on the fleet.”


Source: The Telegraph

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