"I swear to God, Mohamed Ramadan is the one driving the plane now!"
The civil aviation ministry in Egypt confirmed that a pilot and co-pilot have been suspended after an impromptu music video went viral. The video was shot by Mohamed Ramadan during a flight to Saudi Arabia so he could take part in the Riyadh Season 2019 entertainment festival. It was then released on Ramadan's Instagram account, where it quickly gained traction among music fans and safety officers alike.
The video - which features the pilots letting Ramadan enter the cockpit while an unidentified man exclaims, "I swear to God, Mohamed Ramadan is the one driving the plane now!" - serves as a record of multiple security violations. Shortly after the video went viral, sources at the civil aviation ministry confirmed the video's authenticity, while emphasizing that the plane belonged to a private jet company as opposed to a commercial EgyptAir flight.