An airline boss has been fired after a pilot of Russia’s largest low-cost airline took 102 passengers on a penis-shaped detour mid-flight.
Denis Petrikov was charged with violating security measures after changing the route of a Moscow-Yekaterinburg flight on Nov. 11.
The aircraft made erratic maneuvers in the air with a Probeda aircraft carrying 102 passengers.
To create the phallic symbol, he would have made extra loops in the air at unsafe angles.
Mr Perikov’s actions caught the attention of the Russian Federal Aviation Authority, Rosaviatsiya, which is investigating the pilot’s actions.
Rosaviatsiya has blamed Pobeda’s management for the incident, in which the company’s general manager, Andrey Kalmykov, received a severe reprimand, according to RBC.
The stunt was believed to be in support of a soccer team captain, Artem Dzyuba, who had his phone hacked.
A video of a man performing a sexual act was subsequently released from Dzyuba’s device and he was immediately dropped by national team coach Stanislav Cherchesov.
Dzyuba appeared during a Premier League clash with Krasnodar, but was stripped of his captaincy.
A spokesperson for the airline said: “We don’t know what exactly could have been suggested in the flight path of our plane, but it is possible that the Pobeda captains expressed their support for the captain of the national team, Artem Dzyuba, and showed their attitude to his persecution. “
Rosaviatsiya claimed the pilot initially said the flight path was unprecedented due to a suspected aircraft malfunction.
Police were told to take that road to drain fuel, despite the plane not having a fuel disposal system.
According to The Moscow Times, no evidence was found that the plane was defective, and Probeda tried to get a similar flight route from Moscow to Saint Petersburg approved on Nov. 10.