A British Airways pilot was reportedly kidnapped and tortured while he was on a layover in Johannesburg.
The first officer was kidnapped from outside a supermarket after a woman had asked him to help her carry bags to her car. When he reached the car, he was pushed inside by a gang of men.
The Sun newspaper reported that he was then driven to an area of the city where he was ‘badly roughed up’ and forced to hand over thousands of pounds before being released.
He was later deemed unfit to fly the plane back to the UK, so BA had to find a replacement pilot.
The incident happened close to the crew’s hotel in the Melrose Arch area of Johannesburg, which is generally considered to be safe.
A BA spokesperson told media outlets that the crew member was abducted outside Checkers Bluebird supermarket ‘just north of the Melrose Arch complex’.
The pilot is now off work, according to reports.
A BA spokesperson told Travel Gossip: “We are supporting our colleague and the local authorities with their investigation.”