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Argentinean Pilots Fired for Letting Actress Fly Plane

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 29, 2015

Argentinean Pilots Fired for Letting Actress Fly Plane

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What do you get when you’re a pilot and you let an Argentinean actress onboard fly a plane full of paying passengers during takeoff?

As two Aerolineas Argentinas pilots found out last week, you get fired.

According to Ruth Halkon of Mirror Online, Argentinean actress Vicky Xipolitakis was flying as a passenger on a domestic flight from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires to Aeropuerto Internacional Rosario in Rosario when she was allowed into the cockpit.

Not only did the two Aerolineas Argentinas pilots—identified as Patricio Zocchi Molina and Federico Matías Soaje—make a questionable decision by allowing the actress in the cockpit in the first place, but they also broke every rule imaginable allowing her to take control of the plane temporarily.

Vicky Xipolitakis shared the images on Twitter that would later get the pilots fired:

A video reportedly of the incident also surfaced on YouTube:

Aerolineas Argentinas president Mariano Recalde spoke to Mirror Online about the incident and the decision by the company to fire both pilots immediately after the images were shared with officials:

“These are responsibilities that have put lives at risk. As soon as we became aware of the situation, we dismissed the pilots. They are two irresponsible people who put at risk the security of people and we will request justice to investigate, as the 190 article of the Penal Code expresses. It is not an isolated matter but public, that’s why we will act firmly because nothing justifies what happened, and it will have to be analyzed whether they committed a crime.”

Recalde said also believes Xipolitakis will face sanctions.

This is not the first time an incident like this has taken place. Earlier in June, TravelPulse reported that a pilot in Japan was suspended for taking a picture with a woman in the cockpit of a plane.

In 2014, TravelPulse’s Gabe Zaldivar reported that a Mexican pilot was fired for allowing a pop star to sit in the pilot’s seat and take commands. The moral of the story for pilots is not to let any passengers in the cockpit.

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