Chinese pilot in soup after allowing the passenger to enter the cabin during the flight
BEIJING: The captain of a Chinese plane that allegedly allowed a young passenger to enter the cockpit during a flight was suspended for life after his photo went viral, according to state media reports.
A photo of the woman sitting in the cabin of the plane with her fingers making a V-shaped sign and glasses of drinks on her knees has been circulating on social media since Sunday, The Global Times reported.
While the pilot was not named, the report said that the other Air Guilin crew members who were involved in the incident have been suspended indefinitely.
They will undergo further investigation by the company, said Air Guilin.
The incident took place on January 4 on flight GT1011 from the city of Guilin to the city, according to the report.
The plane noticed the violation on Sunday after the screenshots of the alleged passenger's publication began to be widely shared on the Chinese Weibo microblogging site.
The post showed the woman making a V sign with her fingers, a popular pose in China, with the photo titled: Thanks to the captain. Very happy.
It was reported that the woman was a hostess in training at a university in Guilin, according to the Chinese News Service news site.
Chinese pilots and analysts said the photo appears to have been taken during the flight, The Global Times reported.
The captain violated (CAAC) regulations by allowing an unauthorized person to enter the cabin, the Air Guilin statement said.
Air Guilin is a Guangxi-based airline and is a joint venture between the Guilin Municipal Government and the HNA Group, a Chinese conglomerate based in Haikou.