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Iran Air Boeing 727 Pilot Shahbazi Complains About Forced Early Retirement

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Iran Air Boeing 727 Pilot Shahbazi Complains About Forced Early Retirement

Many of you will recall the spectacular emergency landing of an Iran Air Boeing 727 in Tehran airport last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TDCjhp3Wfk

What you may not know is that the pilot responsible for the landing, Captain Hooshang Shahbazi, is claiming that he is now being forced against his will by Iran Air officials to take early retirement:


Having read the above article, Captain Shahbazi appears to feel betrayed by the Iran Air management, and makes a joke about the 10 gold coins that were given to him by the Iranian government as a token of appreciation.

In my opinion the fact that Shahbazi has mocked the gesture of the government officials in giving him 10 gold coins, as well as praising him, would suggest that Shahbazi feels unappreciated, and that he hasn't received his fair share of fame and fortune.

Let's compare this with Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger who performed an arguably more impressive emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009 - Sully didn't receive any form of special payment for his actions, and never once complained about that. When a pilot performs an emergency landing, he does so with the intent of protecting the safety of his passengers and crew - NOT for the purpose of expanding his personal wealth! (take note Captain Shahbazi).

No "Gold Coins" were offered to Sully and the crew of Flight 1549 for their heroic actions, instead they were simply awarded a Masters Medal (with a precious metal content worth less than $20) by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and publically praised for their actions. This recognition was likely more than enough for Sully and his crew, with that said however I am sure that if Sully and his crew were offered "Gold Coins" by their authorities, they almost certainly would have graciously accepted them and been most grateful for the kind gesture.

Looking at the stark contrast between the humility of Sully and his crew, compared with the apparent greed of Captain Hooshang Shahbazi, I honestly can't help but feeling that Captain Shahbazi is behaving like a spoilt brat in possesing such a grandiose sense of entitlement. At the end of the day, Shahbazi was simply doing his job. Period. Don't get me wrong, Shahbazi's landing was an impressive display of airmanship, but I truly believe that any other airline pilot in his position would have strived to do exactly the same, i.e. attempt to perform a safe landing. For some strange reason however, Shahbazi appears to have developed a pronounced sense of entitlement to fame and wealth as a result of simply carrying out his duties. How delusional .

It's hardly surprising therefore that Iran Air's management wants to see the back of him.

Now that he has finally been shown the door at least he will have plenty of free time on his hands to go chasing fame

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