On 11 November, a Pobeda Airlines Boeing 737-800 (registered VQ-BTJ) operated domestic flight DP407 between Moscow Vnukovo and Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Uneventful and on-time, the aircraft departed the airport near Moscow. About one hour into the flight, the pilots seemed bored as they started to fly (draw) a giant penis-shaped object in the sky.
The procedure added 30 minutes of flight-time, resulting in an arrival at Yekaterinburg at 17:51 (local time), roughly 20 minutes later than the scheduled arrival time.
British newspaper The Metro knows more: “This was probably the way in which the Pobeda pilots expressed their support to Russian team captain Artem Dzyuba who was suspended from international duty after footage showing him appearing to masturbate in bed was leaked online,” said a spokesman for the airline.
The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency is investigating the “phallic protest” over the city of Neftekamsk. Reports suggest the crew requested permission for air manoeuvres “due to a need to check radio-navigation equipment.”
It is, however, doubtful that the aviation authorities and / or the airline can laugh with the antics of these pilots.
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