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Egypt: Pilot banned for life for allowing passenger sit in the cockpit during flight.



Egypt has banned a pilot for life for allowing celebrity and actor Mohamed Ramadan to sit in the cockpit during a private flight to Saudi Arabia.

According to BBC News, the actor and singer posted a video of himself sitting in the co-pilot’s seat, holding the controls.

The pilot has had his licence revoked, and the co-pilot was also reportedly banned for a year over the incident.

The private airline operating the flight has not been identified.

“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.

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.

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

The clip cuts to him entering the cockpit, where he sits next to the pilot with his hands on the control wheel.

An unidentified man off camera then says: “I swear to God, Mohamed Ramadan is the one driving the plane now.”

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