Boss of private jet operator resigns after pilot allows celebrity into cockpit

Boss of private jet operator resigns after pilot allows celebrity into cockpit
Published: 21 October 2019 - 5:03 a.m.
By: Aviation Business

The chief executive of an Egyptian private jet operator has reportedly resigned from his post following an incident that saw one of its pilots allow celebrity Mohamed Ramadan to enter the cockpit.

A video on Twitter posted by Ramadan shows the 31-year-old actor and singer at the controls of the jet, operated by Smart Aviation.

Egypt has banned the pilot on the flight for life and the co-pilot was reportedly banned for a year, officials said.

Egypt's civil aviation ministry issued a statement seen by Masrawy news, which said: “After confirming the violations against the Egyptian civil aviation law, we have taken deterrent measures towards the reckless and irresponsible actions [of the pilot].”

The video was posted on 13 October to Ramadan’s 1.4 million followers, some of whom responded angrily.

Addressing the camera he says: “In a first of its kind, I will go drive the plane.”

Ramadan is then seen entering the cockpit of the plane where he sits in the co-pilot’s seat and holds the controls.

Out of shot, an unidentified man can be heard saying: “I swear to God, Mohamed Ramadan is the one driving the plane now.”

Ramadan is best known for his song Mafia, which received more than 158m views on YouTube.

Smart Aviation launched in 2007 from its base in Cairo International Airport.

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