MARTIN Denyer could have been forgiven for starting to say his prayers as his plane nosedived into a descent.
Bognor dad Martin, a well-known and popular figure in the town, was en route to India to work as a tour guide for the England cricket team’s tour of the subcontinent this winter.
But the former Bognor Regis Comp pupil must have had his heart in his mouth when the jet plummeted to earth and the trolley dollies reacted in a quick-smart fashion.
But luckily for Martin it wasn’t a plane malfunction or anything too disastrous at 33,000 feet but a medical emergency that prompted an emergency landing.
And Martin took to social media to tell friends and family of the drama.
“That moment when you are over the Caspian Sea and the plane suddenly turns and descends quickly while the cabin crew are moving rather quickly.”
“Meanwhile out of the window you can see fuel being dumped. Next time it would be nice to be told a few minutes earlier that there is a medical emergency rather than thinking you might be the lead story on the breakfast news without ever knowing about it.”
“Still, I can now add Azerbaijan to my list of countries visited.”
Martin added that the man who fell ill wasn’t treated as well as he might have been.
“I spoke to the crew after the event while on our onward journey to India. They said the male passenger was having a heart attack and the authorities kept him waiting for 20 minutes while they processed his visa and then took £20 from his wallet for payment.”
“They said the medical people who met him at the airport didn’t have oxygen (they used British Airways) or even a blanket. Probably best not to get ill in Azerbaijan.”