A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot reportedly left the cockpit and went for a tete-a-tete with a Chinese passenger to invite her to the cockpit, sources reported. Captain Shahzad Aziz reportedly invited the young Chinese woman to the cockpit during a flight from Tokyo to Beijing earlier this week.
A video of the incident has gone viral. The woman allegedly stayed inside the cockpit for over two hours, coming out only after the plane landed. When contacted, PIA spokesperson Daniyal Gilani said, “We are looking into the matter. The crew is still in Beijing. We are trying to contact them.”
He further said a “passenger going to the cockpit doesn’t jeopardise the safety of the aircraft”.
The latest incident comes in the wake of another case when a senior PIA pilot was found sleeping in the passenger compartment soon after flight PK-785 took off from Islamabad for London. The pilot reportedly took a two-and-a-half-hour nap while an under-training pilot handled the aircraft.