MANCHESTER (Web Desk) – A pilot made a last minute U-turn on the runway so that an elderly couple on board could get to their dying grandson’s bedside.

The Australia-bound jumbo jet was about to take off from Manchester Airport when the couple received a text saying their grandchild was in intensive care.

Luckily they managed to get the attention of the cabin crew and pilot – who then aborted take-off at the last minute, writes the Manchester Evening News.


After returning to the gate, the couple were able to disembark and collect their luggage.

Etihad Airways staff even found the couple’s car and had it waiting for them as they left the airport.

The couple managed to reach the hospital and spend time at their grandson’s bedside, who sadly died the next day.