Bruce Dickinson Recalls Saving A Flight With A Pilot Suffering From Food Poisoning

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Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson recently joined a conversation in Psycho Schizo Espresso on Youtube and recalled how he saved the day during a flight where the pilot got sick.

Although Bruce Dickinson is known in the music world for his role in Iron Maiden and solo projects, music isn’t his only talent. He is also a pilot and gained his commercial pilot license in the 1990s. He started working with Astraeus Airlines as a commercial pilot and continued his career for a while.

In addition to his tenure with this commercial airline, interestingly, Dickinson was also Iron Maiden’s pilot. Although Dickinson has a pilot’s license, he has also flown as a passenger. As you know, sometimes things can go wrong on flights, and it’s lucky to have a pilot on board, which was the case during one of Bruce’s flights.

Dickinson recently participated in an interview with Psycho Schizo Espresso. During the conversation streamed on YouTube, the artist recalled how he saved a flight in his flip-flops and shorts. The singer said that on one flight, the pilot was unable to fly the plane due to food poisoning.

The rocker humorously explained that he drank tea instead of alcohol on the flight just to be cautious, and after the pilot was poisoned, he took control of the plane. Fortunately, they completed the flight without any problems and landed safely.

Bruce Dickinson described that day as follows:

“I’m, you know, I’ve got my flip-flops and shorts. And you know, I’m just in the back seat and you know, with all the regular folk. And, off we go. A couple of hours into the flight, I get a knock and you know, I’ve been a good little chap, I thought I’ll go now, I’ll have a cup of tea, please. I’ll just not bother with that glass of Chardonnay, on the basis that, you never know what might happen, right? And, being aware that there’s only three pilots on board and two of them are up there, sure enough I get a knock and, ‘Could you come up to the cockpit please?’ and I’m like ‘Yeah yeah, okay.’

So I go in there. Anyway, the poor lad has turned green and has an ashen face. And he’s been in the toilet sh*tting and throwing up and everything. The breakfast sausage, his breakfast that got him in Mumbai and so… They took him down the back of the airplane, I climbed into to seat in flip-flops and shorts. And I said well, off we go then, you know.

So we refuel just south of Singapore and then continued all the way to Perth. Night flight, got in early in the morning. You know, our pilot friend went home to bed, we didn’t see him for about three days, he was really ill. So I’m, I sat there, I’ve got my little funny, little green fluorescent jacket, and flip-flops and shorts and a t-shirt, but everyone’s in uniform and everything. Customs guy comes in, he’s like, ‘Hello mate.’ Yeah, well, you know, ‘We’re totally sorry,’ you know, ‘Obviously I am actually a pilot, you know, I’m not dressed like one.’”

You can check out the full interview on Youtube below.