A pilot who let Egyptian actor, Mohamed Ramadan sit in the cockpit during a flight from Egypt to Saudi Arabia has been banned for life.
Mohamed Ramadan had earlier shared a video of himself in the co-pilot’s seat beside the pilot on the plane and holding the controls while they fly from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.
The 31-year-old actor shared the video on Sunday, October 13 on his social media page. Mohamed was filmed entering the cockpit, before sitting next to the pilot with his hands on the control wheel before saying:
“In a first of its kind, I will go drive the plane.”
An unidentified man off camera says: “I swear to God, Mohamed Ramadan is the one driving the plane now.”
Egypt has now revoked the licence of the pilot, and the co-pilot was also reportedly banned for a year over the incident.
“After confirming the violations against the Egyptian civil aviation law, we have taken deterrent measures towards the reckless and irresponsible actions [of the pilot],” Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said in a statement, reported by Masrawy news.
Aviation safety for Egyptian airliners was paramount, the ministry added.
The Egyptian aviation rules stipulate that passengers are not allowed to enter the cockpit while a flight is in operation.
Mohamed Ramadan, who has more than seven million subscribers on his YouTube channel, posted the video on 13 October to his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Some on social media responded angrily to the video, with calls for the actor to be boycotted.
Ramadan, who has appeared in more than a dozen Egyptian films and several TV series, was said to be travelling with his band to perform at an entertainment festival in the Saudi capital Riyadh.