Ramadan in the cockpit - Screenshot from viral video
CAIRO - 9 February 2020: New details emerged in the crisis of the suspended pilot Ashraf Abul Yusr, who appeared in a video in the cockpit with Mohamed Ramadan while the latter was going to Riyadh to perform a concert.
The Mohamed Ramadan incident caused Abul Yusr's suspension from work.
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During a phone call in “Ala Masouliti '' program broadcast on Sada el-Balad channel, the captain stated that the type of plane he was flying with Ramadan was a private plane, and not the typical commercial plane that accommodates over 200 passengers. He went on to explain that in a private plane there are no boundaries between the pilot and the passenger(s).
The suspended captain further explained that Ramadan asked his permission to enter the cockpit and take a photo and video with him to later show it to his son. The captain agreed under the condition of him (Ramadan) not touching any of the cockpit’s control buttons or equipment.
The captain was later shocked to find out the picture was actually a video that went viral on social media, uploaded with a song in the background. The captain referred to his knowledge that allowing someone inside the cockpit is illegal and totally forbidden under the international regulations of aviation, but he said that this was a usual thing that often occurs in private jets. This is why the captain agreed on letting Ramadan take this photo, after promising that the picture will only be for personal use.
Abul Yusr stated that Ramadan did not ask about him, or do anything to fix his problem after the video caused him to get suspended for life, despite having promised him to use his connections to lift the ban off of him while they were flying back to Egypt from KSA.
During a phone call to “Al-Hekaya” program aired on MBC Masr, Ramadan told Amro Adib that he feels upset for what happened to the captain. Ramadan explained that he tried to help the captain but the situation is out of his hands as this matter is solely in the hands of the Aviation Authority.
The young star apologized to the captain during the phone call and said he is willing to do anything to compensate him for his loss. Ramadan also pointed that the captain was aware that the video will be posted on social media platforms.