Russia's budget airline under fire for plane's phallic flight route

Reuters

Posted at Nov 28 2020 01:25 AM

The logo of Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot is seen on an Airbus A320 which landed after an inaugural trip at the Marseille-Provence airport in Marignane, France, on June 1, 2019. Jean-Paul Pelissier, Reuters/File Photo

MOSCOW - National carrier Aeroflot should consider sacking the head of its budget airline after one of its passenger planes appeared to trace a phallic-like route in the sky during a commercial flight, Russia's state aviation authority has recommended.

A commission for the Rosaviatsia authority said in a report that the crew of a Moscow-Yekaterinburg flight operated by Pobeda deviated from its authorized flight path on Nov. 11 for maneuvers with 102 passengers on board.

Russian media have cast the maneuvers as a gesture of public support for soccer star Artyom Dzyuba who had been dropped from the Russian national team after the leak of a private, intimate video featuring a man similar to him.

Pobeda and Aeroflot did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

Part of the Rosaviatsia report was published on an anonymous channel on the Telegram messenger service on Friday and a source in the aviation authority confirmed its authenticity to Reuters. The RBC media outlet also cited a source confirming it.

The commission said the plane had not needed to deviate from its path for security reasons.

Rosaviatsia declined to confirm or deny the authenticity of the report, describing it as internal correspondence. 

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