A veteran British Airways pilot has been stabbed and held at gunpoint after going on an unapproved run in the “lawless” South African city of Johannesburg.
The pilot was rushed to hospital after suffering a stab wound to the thigh as the BA community remains “shaken” by the incident, according to a source with knowledge of the airline.
British Airways maintains a hotel in the Melrose Arch neighbourhood of Johannesburg, known as a “city within a city” and the safest place in an otherwise dangerous part of South Africa, where their employees stay in between flights.
The area is patrolled 24 hours a day all week and features more than 100 shops and restaurants, as well as leisure facilities such as bowling alleys.
The airliner strictly advises its crewmembers using the facilities to stay within the Melrose Arch boundaries but the veteran pilot, alongside a member of his crew, “decided to risk it and go for a jog”, according to the same source.
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