Thursday the pilot Chris Henkey, 63, from Reading, who has been hailed the hero-if-the-hour has said he will not fly his final flight before retiring.
In true hero style Henkey dismissed 'he is a hero' calls telling reporters there were two other pilots on board. But it was Mr Henkey who calmly made the distress call to the airport traffic control tower saying "Mayday, mayday, Speedbird 2276 request fire services."
Henkey was due one more flight, this coming Saturday, before hanging up his 'wings'. He was due to take one last plane to Barbados, but is now unlikely to do so.
According to the Mail Online Mr Henkey cheated death is a car crash in the 1980's.
Mr Henkey has 40 years of flying experience but knowing when to quit is important. In flying it is not just a case of quitting while you are ahead but quitting while you can.