Pilot drives stranded passenger home to Zeeland

Ottawa County

FILLMORE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan passenger stranded with hundreds of others at Chicago O’Hare International Airport during Tuesday’s snowstorm made it home that night thanks to the kindness of an airline pilot.

Nick Damico’s connecting flight from O’Hare to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport was canceled because of weather. He had collected his luggage and was headed to a hotel for the night when he was approached by an American Airlines pilot with a surprising offer.

“He said, ‘Well, how would you like to get there tonight?’ and I said, ‘I’d love to get there tonight,'” Damico told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday night.

The pilot, who also lives in West Michigan, had noticed Damico’s Grand Valley State University sweatshirt and rightly assumed the two were heading in the same direction. They hit the road and embarked on the treacherous trip toward West Michigan.

“We had a great three hours of conversation on the way here,” Damico said. “It was like we were old friends.”

Damico, a principal at Hamilton’s Blue Star Elementary School, posted about his experience on Twitter and received a response from American Airlines.

“Thanks so much for recognizing our amazing #AATeam,” the tweet from the airline said.

Damico said this experience has created an American Airlines loyalist.

“This is above and beyond,” Damico said. “This is not in his job description. This is just him being a nice guy.”

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