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Earlier today I was informed that Mappy has been fatally injured in a motor racing accident in the Philippines. His memorial service will be held in Hong Kong on Friday week (26th April). There must be many Ppruners, who know him and would also wish to pay their condolencies. Mappy was my first Commercial pilot student at CSE Oxford and later on we moved together to Dan-Air on the HS748 at Aberdeen. I am going to miss him, like so many others.
The latest that I have heared(and I stress this is not FACT) is that he has been flown to HK and that only life support is keeping his body functioning. I believe that the plan is to turn off this equipment once in HK. It cannot be done in the Phillipines due to the RC church. This is why a service has already been planned.
If any one knows more of what happened or news that is current please post it here as my wife is obviously interested
Mappy's cervical bone in his skull was damaged, as I understand this protects the brain stem. Technically still alive, however initial brain scans were negative. He is now in HK and life support has been removed. A truly sad day and thoughts must go to SP and the girls. Mappy had a huge circle of friends, and I don't know anybody that had a bad word about him. A real man amongst men who did more in his years than most of us could manage in ten lifetimes. On a brighter note, he left instructions that on his death take out £5000, find a New Orleans Jazz Band a very large bottle of scotch and everybody was to have a knees up - typical Mappy!!
Knew MAP through my school years at Clifton and we were best freinds.That was when we first came up with his nickname. Both of us yearned to be pilots,and leaving school we both wondered where we would next meet.I failed,due to being colour blind,but knew he would make it.I did meet him again when I worked for Monarch as a dispatcher and he leapt down the stairs of a Dan 1-11 as an F/O.After one or twenty beers in the Luton flying club,it was obvious he would go far. A wonderful chap,and a great freind.It now feels like my schooldays were only yesterday. My deep condolences to all his near and dear.His spirit will live on.
Unfortunately, I didn't know Capt Miller but, from what you are all saying, he left his mark and was a super chap. My thoughts are with you guys too - you all sound very sad. Are there ANY real personalities left now?
Very sad to see this thread... Mike was well liked and respected by those who knew him. I can without reservation speak for all my ex-"BA" SO friends and pass on all our condolences to his family and close friends.
I was a close friend of the family (Sarahs side) and new of Mike well during the short time I knew of him (only about the last 5 years really), a terrific guy and one who had similar interests as me (flying and cars). I would like to say that his family will miss him dearly as the world out there is one big family and it's not really that bigger world.
Small world out there - make it what you will, be happy enjoy life to its fullest.
I was very sad to hear the dreadful news about Mike. I followed the London - Sydney closely as a friend of mine was also in it. I have passed on the sad news to her, and she did ask what happened. A car accident I believe - does anyone really know?