Quest to find kind pilot

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The parents of a brave Royal Irish Regiment solider who was killed in Afghanistan back in 2010, are hoping to track down a kind hearted airline pilot who helped them in their darkest hour.

Ranger Aaron McCormick, from Macosquin, was killed by an improvised explosive device on his second tour of Afghanistan on Remembrance Sunday, 2010.

A new book by Graham Bound, ‘At the Going Down of the Sun’ tells the story of twenty soldiers and Royal Marines who lost their lives in Afghanistan, Through the book, Aaron’s parents, Lesley and Maggie, are hoping to track down a particular airline pilot, who helped them in the aftermath of their son’s death.

The day that Aaron died, the McCormick’s were enjoying a holiday in Tunisia. They came back to the hotel to find fifty missed calls on their phones from their other children back home. They knew straight away that Aaron must have been killed. From then, it was a question of getting back home as quickly as possible. A British Embassy worker managed to get Aaron’s distraught parents booked onto a flight later that day, the flight number is believed to be Flight 601, Monastir to Stansted, at 20:14hrs, on November 14, 2010

Whichever flight it was, it left the McCormicks needing to catch a further flight to Belfast the following morning, and thus they had to stay overnight at Stansted. According to Maggie McCormick, “We found out that the captain of the plane had radioed ahead and booked us a room at the Radisson Stansted, which was incredibly kind. He even paid for that hotel room himself. Afterwards, I wanted to meet and thank him, but I don’t even know his name. I couldn’t get over that kindness.” Maggie says that she would like the opportunity to thank that pilot, hopes he will be tracked down through the book.