Dream trip turns into nightmare

Jack Adams
Jack Adams

A TEENAGE trainee pilot is stranded in Florida after his dream – paid for with the cash received after his step-dad was killed in a road accident – turned into a nightmare.

Jack Adams, 18, has spent the last three weeks trying to plot his way back home to Hartlepool after the pilot training course he was studying in America was stopped with immediate effect.

The course, which would allow Jack to pursue his “dream career” had been paid for with insurance money the family received after Jack’s step-dad, Neil Maguire, was killed in an accident on his motorbike in Catcote Road eight years ago today.

But now Lorna Maguire says her son’s future “lies in tatters” after a dispute between two companies resulted in the course being cancelled and 80 students being left stranded in Florida.

Lorna, who lives in the Fens, says Jack has been left “absolutely devastated” by the ordeal.

She said: “I am worrying every second of every day.

“It was a dream trip for him and it’s turned into an absolute nightmare.

“I don’t know what to do for the best.”

Jack, a former student at Manor College of Technology, had started his training with the Pilot Training College, based in Waterford, Ireland, and jetted out to Florida in November last year.

But at the end of last month the PTC and the Florida Institute of Technology got into a financial dispute, resulting in the Florida centre stopping their training.

Lorna, who is unemployed, added: “He’s still in the accommodation there, he isn’t homeless but they don’t have anybody watching over them.

“But even when he does get home, where does he go from here?

“It’s devastating.

“I was so proud of the way he dealt with Neil’s death eight years ago and this was his dream, it’s all he has ever wanted to do.

“He was in the Air Cadets for four years before he started the course.”

Since the training was stopped it has been reported that the PTC have secured training places for a number of students with alternative companies.

But Lorna says Jack would have to pay for the course all over again if he was to accept any of those offers.

He is now planning to fly home at the start of next month, which Lorna will have to pay for herself.

There was no-one from the company available for comment.