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Russian Airline Investigates Footage Of Passenger ‘Flying Plane' While Pilot Gives Instructions

Russian Airline Investigates Footage Of Passenger ‘Flying Plane' While Pilot Gives Instructions

Footage which purports to show a 'female passenger at the controls of a plane during a scheduled flight' is being investigated by Russian prosecutors, according to reports.

A video shows the woman, who has been named as Anna, in the co-pilot's seat while the craft is flying over Siberia.

In the clip, the pilot's voice can be heard, seemingly giving instructions to the woman, who is believed to be in her 20s and not qualified to fly.

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Reports claim the flight was with Russian airlines IrAero on an Antonov-24 flight from Yakutsk to Batagay.

In a statement the airline said it was doing a 'thorough check' of the clip, adding: "Based on the results of the audit, the reliability of the information will be assessed. There are doubts that these materials are related to the activities of our airline in the field of passenger transportation."

Credit: East2West
Credit: East2West

The flight was reportedly taken on 31 August, but the clip has only recently surfaced and is now being checked out by authorities according to The Siberian Times.

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It's believed the woman posted the video to her Instagram account, but then quickly removed it and her account has since been deleted.

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Sharing the clip, the woman wrote: "This was unbelievably cool!" and thanked the male pilot.

The pilot is heard saying: "Back, to the right, now to the left and turn it back."

Russian 5-TV has reported the pilot's name is Kirill S and claimed the woman was either his 'girlfriend' or 'very close friend'. Fair enough.

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The clip continues and shows the woman pointing to the navigation screen and asking the pilot: "Why can't I get there?" to which he responds: "Well, I have no idea why you can't get there." Is it because she's not actually a pilot and shouldn't be flying a plane, mate?

The woman points at the navigation screen. Credit: East2West
The woman points at the navigation screen. Credit: East2West

If the flight was a scheduled passenger flight, it's not known how many people were on board.

Now transport prosecutors are investigating the clip, according to The Siberian Times.

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IrAero airlines told news.Ykt.ruru that it was doing a 'thorough check' into the claims.

Featured Image Credit: East2West

Topics: World News

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]