Pilot, co-pilot suspended following controversial video showing star Mohamed Ramadan flying jet to Riyadh

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Oct 2019

Mohamed Ramadan

Egypt's civil aviation ministry said a pilot and co-pilot were suspended after a video went viral showing Egyptian star Mohamed Ramadan flying a jet en route to Riyadh.

Informed sources at the civil aviation ministry confirmed the authenticity of the video, stressing that the plane belongs to an Egyptian private jets company and not the flagship carrier EgyptAir.

The video has been making rounds since Ramadan, an actor and singer, posted it on his Instagram profile as he headed to Saudi Arabia to participate in the Riyadh Season entertainment festival.

"In a first of its kind experience, I will go drive the plane," Ramadan, known for flaunting his luxurious and racy cars and mansion on social media in an MTV Cribs programme similarity, said before leaving his seat towards the cockpit.

Since the deadly terrorist attacks on the US on 11 September 2001, there have been stricter measures on the entry of passengers to jets' cockpits.

"I  swear to God, Mohamed Ramadan is the one driving the plane now," an unidentified man was heard saying in the video as Ramadan shared laughs and greetings with the pilot.

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