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Old 25th Feb 2008, 12:56   #1 (permalink)
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Angel Co-pilot (Michael Warren) dies during plane flight

Condolences to Mr Warren's family and friends.

From the BBC:

A flight from Manchester to Cyprus was forced to divert to Turkey after the co-pilot died during the journey.

First Officer Michael Warren, 43, was taken ill during a GB Airways flight to Paphos on Sunday afternoon.

The Airbus A320, with 156 passengers on board, was re-routed to Istanbul where travellers spent the night.

A spokeswoman for GB Airways, which is a franchise partner of British Airways, said that at no time were the passengers and crew in any danger.

Mr Warren, a father-two, was given first aid by the aeroplane's purser, but was pronounced dead by the Turkish authorities on arrival in Istanbul.

The spokeswoman said: "The flight, with 156 passengers and six crew members, left Manchester on time at 1420 on Sunday, 24th February.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the first officer's wife and family
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"Michael became ill during the flight. The purser administered first aid while the captain diverted the aircraft to Istanbul, where it landed at 1945 local time.

"Paramedics attended the aircraft immediately. Sadly, Michael was pronounced dead by the Turkish authorities.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family following this tragic news."

Mr Warren, a former RAF pilot, joined GB Airways in August 2005.

Passengers were told of a medical emergency on the flight deck upon touch down in Istanbul and spent the night in the city.

They are expected to be flown to Cyprus later.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 13:01   #2 (permalink)
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Dont tell me its the Mike Warren former GW1 GR1 Mate?
Absolutely Tragic. My sincere condolences to Mikes family; a truly top chap who was one of those legendary pilots you looked up to whilst on the UAS.

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Old 25th Feb 2008, 13:13   #3 (permalink)
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I hate to confirm the worst this was Sqn Ldr Mike Warren RAF (Rtd).

Formerly of Laarbruch, Marham, TLP staff and latterly RAF Woodvale. A sad loss to all of us who knew him both in the Air Force and at GB Airways.

Our thoughts are with Lisa and the children.

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Old 25th Feb 2008, 13:19   #4 (permalink)
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RIP Mike.

A complete gent, both on and off the football pitch, and in and out of the cockpit.

Spent a couple of years on 16, and out in Tabuk in his company.

He always had time for everyone, and I'm shocked he's went so soon.

Condolences to his family, a very sad loss.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 16:28   #5 (permalink)
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Sobering news.

RIP, Mike - our thoughts with your friends and family.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 16:52   #6 (permalink)
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I was a QFI at Woodvale with Mike Warren and he was a splendid professional pilot and QFI. The students liked him and looked up to him, rightly so, and he gave them a great start in their flying and professional careers. Remembered and missed by many - RIP.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 17:16   #7 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if he has/had a brother in the RAF?


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Old 25th Feb 2008, 17:24   #8 (permalink)
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Very sad news and condolences to Lisa and the family. Mike was a true inspiration many a year ago and I'll never forget the black flag days at Woodvale spent watching his Boys from Bahrain video.

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Old 25th Feb 2008, 18:34   #9 (permalink)
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A fine chap; I new him from his Woodvale days.

RIP Mike.

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Old 25th Feb 2008, 18:34   #10 (permalink)
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This is truly awful news.

Mike was always, and will always be 'Mook Wirren, pregrommar' to me, for reasons that those in and around the PBF of II(AC)Sqn at the time will remember. A genuinely lovely bloke.

My sincere condolences to the Warren family.

RIP Mook. I feel privileged to have known you.


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Old 25th Feb 2008, 19:47   #11 (permalink)
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Can only echo the previous posts - that Mike was still so relatively young only seems to highlight the injustice. My regards and condolences to Lisa and the family.
Hereward - OB.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 20:02   #12 (permalink)
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Mike s brother

Yes he has but forgotten his name on Hercs i think
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 21:01   #13 (permalink)
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It was my privilege to have served on the TLP staff with 'Mook'. He was a true professional, a fine officer, a great ambassador, a good mate and a very proud Dad. Thoughts and prayers are with Lisa and the children.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 21:48   #14 (permalink)
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Rip Mike

I knew and worked with Mike, albeit briefly, during his first tour with MASUAS.
A fine pilot and lovely smiley character who gave patient attention to his studes, and encouraged several towards RAF careers. RIP Mike. Another good man who has passed on far too soon. My condolences to Lisa and the family.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 22:04   #15 (permalink)
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So sad. I was on one of his flights quite recently and bantered a bit with him when he was in the galley getting a tea or coffee and I was getting something a bit stronger. I asked him a couple of questions about the flight and he couldn't have been nicer or more courteous and complete in his replies.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 22:08   #16 (permalink)
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RIP Mook

Sad news indeed.

I was fortunate to become good friends with Mike and Lisa whilst serving on II (AC) Sqn and as their neighbour, and have remained so to see their family grow whilst enjoying life outside of the RAF.

Mike (Mook!) was one of lifes gentlemen, a truly professional aviator, a loving family man and a good mate.

RIP Mook
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I echo everyones sentiment. Mike was a fantastic guy and this is a very sad loss to everyone who has ever met him.

In addition to Lisa and their children, Mike also leaves behind a wonderful wider family. They are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 26th Feb 2008, 03:51   #18 (permalink)
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A true gent, who both inspired and was respected by all those who worked with him during my time as a QFI.

A sad day.
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Old 26th Feb 2008, 10:24   #19 (permalink)

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Mike's brother is Chris. I'm not sure if he's still in the RAF.

Iím terribly sad to hear that this wonderful gentleman has been taken from us at such a young age. Mike was an inspiration to all that knew him.
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Old 26th Feb 2008, 20:37   #20 (permalink)
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Thanks from his family


On behalf of his whole family, can I thank you for your kind words. They give us strength in difficult times.

He is sorely missed.
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