British Airways suspends five pilots over sordid e-mails including ‘N-word slurs’ and ‘image of man having sex with chicken’


BRITISH AIRWAYS has suspended five pilots amid allegations they sent each other racist emails and pornographic images.

The airline launched an internal investigation after being handed a cache of damming emails – including messages where a BA captain used N-word slurs against an ethnic minority colleague.

British Airways
The airline launched an internal investigation after being handed a cache of damming emails
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According to the Mail On Sunday, another pilot sent a photo of a man having sex with a chicken, with others nostalgically discussing the BBC’s controversial Black and White Minstrel Show.

The allegations – which centre on BA pilots who moonlighted as Union officials – came to light in an employment tribunal claim against the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa).

One pilot said: “Being a union rep is a very alpha-male, testosterone-driven, locker-room-type role.”

The claim was made by Boeing 777 Captain Manish Patel, 46, who quit as a union rep last year.

He claims pilots called him “p*ki lad” and joked that he worked as a taxi driver or in a corner shop.

One September 2012 email reveals Captain Brendan O’Neal asked Patel “U on skype n****?”.

O’Neal – who trains other pilots – repeated the slur in July 2012.

Another email – sent by training captain Russell Williams – shows a man having sex with a chicken, captioned: “It’s Friday. S*** some birds this weekend.”

When approached by the MoS, Williams said: “I accept these emails, while sent some time ago, were ill-judged and unprofessional.”

A BA spokesman said: “We are appalled to learn of this behaviour which does not reflect the values of our company.”

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