A Mexican pilot is out of a job after he let a stunning singer and her actress friend sit in his cockpit seat and permitted them to control the plane while it was airborne.
The pilot, who has not been named, was let go from his job with the Magnicharters airline after photos emerged Twitter of 23-year old Mexican singer Esmeralda Ugalde and her 19-year old actress friend Samadhi Zendejas posing in the pilot’s cabin and wearing his hat.
After Ugalde posted the picture to her Twitter account, which has over 40,000 followers, it went viral and quickly forced the airline that operates domestic holiday flights out of Mexico City International Airport to can the pilot.
"We cannot allow a pilot to make this kind of mistake, it is just not allowed.” company spokesman Jorge Badia told The New York Daily News. “Even if the autopilot was working it is not allowed to do something like this. We cannot even allow people to enter the cabin, even if they are actors or actresses.”
Ugalde, sister of the Latin Grammy Award winner Ana Barbara, and Zendejas tried to defend the pilot by claiming that they were still on the ground when the photo was snapped. But by that point the pilot had already admitted to being in-flight between Cancún and Mexico City when he let the two women into the cabin.
"We are a serious company and we are deeply saddened about the fact that one of our staff behaved in this way,” he added. “Flight law dictates visitors are not allowed to enter the cabin during the flight."