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Real-life flight simulator scandal with woman reportedly allowed to co-pilot civilian plane

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 November 2019

Prosecutors probe flight from Yakutsk to Batagai as leaked video is flagged by local media.

The flight was reportedly made on 31 August 2019, but the video has only emerged now. Picture: Madam Dupon

The video showing a young woman trying her skills at controlling the plane was sent to news.Ykt.ru news website, with a message from several readers claiming it was filmed during an IrAero airline flight from Yakutsk to Batagai. 

The woman who was identified by Russian media as Anna was filmed following the captain’s instructions. 

‘Back, to the right, now to the left and turn it back,’ he is heard telling her. 

She then queries the pilot, pointing at the navigation display: ‘Why can’t I get there?’ 

He answers: ‘Well, I’ve no idea why you can’t get there.’ 

Real-life flight stimulator scandal with woman reportedly allowed to co-pilot civilian plane 
The newbie ‘co-pilot’ Anna posted pictures and video of the flight on her Instagram account with hashtags ‘This was unbelievably cool’ and ‘Thank you!’


The flight was reportedly made on 31 August 2019, but the video has only emerged now. 

The newbie ‘co-pilot’ Anna posted pictures and video of the flight on her Instagram account with hashtags ‘This was unbelievably cool’ and ‘Thank you!’. 

The account has since been deleted. 

Russian 5-TV channel said the pilot’s name was Kirill S.

IrAero airlines has responded to requests from news.Ykt.ru by saying that it has begun a ‘thorough check’ into the reliability of the published claims. 

‘There are doubts that these materials have anything to do with our airline’s activities in providing passengers transportation’, said the IrAero press service.

Real-life flight stimulator scandal with woman reportedly allowed to co-pilot civilian plane 

Real-life flight stimulator scandal with woman reportedly allowed to co-pilot civilian plane 

IrAero is an airline found in 1999 and based in Irkutsk, Russia. It operates domestic and international scheduled passenger services, charter and cargo flights.

Its main base in Irkutsk Airport. 

Prosecutors probe flight from Yakutsk to Batagai as leaked video is flagged by local media 


Comments (2)

I don't think it was her *sweater* she needed to take off to get access to the cockpit.
Sergei Popovitch, Moscow
05/11/2019 20:46
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So did she take her sweater off as part of the deal to be in the cockpit?
SteveC, Odessa USA
05/11/2019 04:34
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