Egypt bans pilot for life

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The government in Egypt has banned a pilot for life for allowing a famous actor to sit in the cockpit on a private flight to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said it had conducted an investigation after the actor, Mohamad Ramadan, posted on social media a video of himself sat in the co-pilot’s seat and holding the controls while saying, “I swear to God I’m flying this aircraft.”

The co-pilot has been suspended for one year and the airline’s chief executive has resigned. The ministry said air safety was paramount.

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