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British Airways pilot kidnapped and tortured by thieves in South Africa

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This incident raises significant concerns about the safety of airline crew during international layovers, highlighting the need for enhanced security measures in such situations.

In a disturbing turn of events, a British Airways pilot was subjected to a harrowing experience while on a shopping excursion during a layover in South Africa. The pilot, whose identity remains undisclosed, reportedly fell victim to a kidnapping and subsequent torture. British Airways has confirmed their awareness of the situation and is actively cooperating with local authorities in their ongoing investigation. The specifics of the incident, however, have been kept under wraps.

The airline’s staff were informed through an internal communication that one of their crew members was forcibly taken outside a supermarket, as reported by a reputable newspaper. The details of the incident, as described by an unnamed source, resemble a scene from a thriller movie.

The ordeal began in a supermarket parking area, situated north of Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch complex. Here, the pilot was approached by a woman requesting assistance with her shopping bags. In a twist of events, upon reaching her vehicle, the pilot was ambushed by several men and coerced into the car. He was then transported to a secluded area of the city where he was subjected to physical assault.

Due to the pilot’s inability to perform his duties following this traumatic experience, British Airways had to arrange for a substitute pilot for the return flight to London.

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