Algerian aeronautics authorities are stunned by a television documentary in which a about ten year old child at the controls of Air Algeria. The televised documentary showed the pilot left the controls to the child during the flight, in disregard of all civil aviation regulations.
The aircraft, an Aerospatiale-Alenia ATR72-600, registered 7T-VUT, flight AH6212, which operated between Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport and Setif Regional Airport (Algeria) with a number of Passengers on board which was not indicated, flew that day with a child, dressed as a captain of the company.
The pilots showed him the different parts of the plane, explained to him the operation of the cockpit, all filmed by the television team. What shocked the aeronautical authorities are the images where the aircraft is seen in flight and the child manipulating the controls and turning the aircraft, was very well clear to the camera.
The reasons why pilots agreed that the child should sit in the captain’s seat, handle the controls during a commercial flight with passengers are unclear. However, as soon as the images were released, the two pilots were suspended by the airline without knowing if it was aware of the shooting and what was going to happen. An investigation was opened to determine the responsibilities of each individual in this serious breach of security.
The child is an orphan whose dream of piloting was organized by an association.