Phil jumps into ac­tion in doc­u­men­tary

En­gi­neer­ing tech­ni­cian’s ‘race against the clock’ filmed for Bri­tain’s Busiest Air­port

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A WEST Dray­ton man made his TV de­but af­ter fea­tur­ing on an ITV doc­u­men­tary about Heathrow air­port.

Phil Wells, an en­gi­neer­ing tech­ni­cian, ap­peared on the sec­ond episode of Bri­tain’s Busiest Air­port, which aired on Thurs­day, June 11.

The 29-year-old was seen rac­ing against the clock to fix an aero­plane jetty flood­light with min­utes to spare.

The nar­ra­tor said: “There is a dan­ger of throw­ing Heathrow out of sync if a job is done wrong, cost­ing pounds.”

Mr Wells, who thrives on the pres­sure of his job, de­scribes a typ­i­cal day at the air­port.

He said: “It’s quite a wide ar­ray of things that we do. But dur­ing the day we’re more re­ac­tive. If any­thing breaks, we try to fix it or re­pair it to make it safe. I work in ter­mi­nals my­self so will fix any­thing in­side the build­ings, like fix­tures and fit­tings, lifts, es­ca­la­tors, any signs and elec­tri­cals.”

Mr Wells has lived in West Dray­ton nearly all his life, and said it was a bit sur­real to be filmed at work.

But he added: “Af­ter a cou­ple of days, I started to en­joy it, and it was quite


of nice, but very out of the or­di­nary.”

Mr Wells has been work­ing at the air­port for 12 years af­ter join­ing Heathrow’s ap­pren­tice­ship scheme, af­ter his mum, who also works at the air­port, got him an ap­pli­ca­tion form. He said he joined to get his ‘hands dirty and do some­thing me­chan­i­cal’.

The ITV se­ries was aired over three weeks, with the fi­nal episode air­ing on June 18.

Phil Wells has ap­peared on Bri­tain’s Busiest Air­port

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