A Chinese pilot has been banned from flying after a photo went viral showing a female passenger in the cockpit.
The incident supposedly took place on January 4 on an Air Guilin flight GT1011 from Guilin city to Yangzhou city. But it was brought to the airline’s attention on Sunday after screenshots of the alleged passenger’s post went viral on micro-blogging site Weibo.
The post showed the woman making a ‘V’ sign with her fingers with the photo captioned: “Thanks to the captain. So happy.”
Air Guilin in a statement said the pilot had “violated (regulations) by allowing irrelevant personnel into the cockpit”.
As per Civil Aviation Administration of China, passengers are not allowed to enter the cockpit without special approval or under “necessary” circumstances.
Other staff members involved in the incident have also been “suspended indefinitely” while further investigations were underway.
Last year, Chinese carrier Donghai Airlines suspended a pilot for six months and revoked his qualifications as a flight instructor after he allowed his wife to go inside the cockpit.