Pilots Suspended After Allowing a 10-year-old to Take Control of a Plane (Video)
Two Air Algerie pilots may soon find themselves out of the job after a video surfaced showing them allowing a pint-sized passenger to take control of an aircraft.
According to TravelPulse, the Air Algerie flight was traveling from Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport to Setif Regional Airport in Algeria when a 10-year-old boy was permitted to enter the cockpit.
The boy, who was wearing an admittedly adorable captain’s outfit, then sat in the captain’s seat, which in itself is a violation of civil aviation regulations, and was allowed to touch the plane’s controls.
And while this is without question an upsetting sight for travelers, other reports claim that the boy was an orphan and the flight crew was fulfilling his dream of piloting a plane with the help of a local organization.
The now bothersome event was filmed as part of a documentary for the Algerian TV channel El Bilad. In the video one of the pilots shares that the boy assisted in takeoff and landing and was “very disciplined, very calm, very observant.” The pilot additionally states that the boy was able to manipulate the aircraft, again a clear breach of civil aviation regulations.
Beyond suspending the pilots, aviation authorities have also launched a formal investigation into the incident and what role Air Algerie might have played. According to the Express, it is still unknown if the pilots will face any formal criminal charges.