Nok Air chief executive Patee Sarasin has apologised after friends of a pilot joked in a group chat about crashing the plane he was going to fly with a former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatraon board
Images from a group chat between the Nok Air pilot and three friends were leaked online following the flight carrying Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday. An airline has apologised after a pilot joked with friends about crashing the plane he was flying with a former prime minister on board.
Chief executive of the Thai airline, Patee Sarasin, took to social media to apologise on behalf of the employee, branding the behaviour as ‘intolerable’.
The incident took place after the unnamed pilot snapped a picture of Yingluck in Phrae walking on the tarmac towards the aircraft.
According to News.com.au , he followed the image with a comment stating ‘there’s a prey on board’.
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The message was followed by replies from the friends who said “Oooh, go for it” and “please do a CFIT”.
It is not yet known if the first officer’s friends are also pilots, however the acronym CFIT is jargon usually used by those in the aviation industry, meaning ‘controlled flight into terrain’, or controlled crash.
Yingluck Shinawatra was pictured by the pilot as she crossed the tarmac to board the flight
Panthongtae Shinawatra, the former prime minister’s nephew, translated the group chat on his Facebook page.
His post, which branded the incident as “wrong”, received more than 14,000 reactions.
He said that the messages belonged to a pilot and were sent at 3.33pm, 12 minutes prior to take off.
Nok Air chief executive Patee Sarasin has apologised for the incident
Mr Sarasin took to social media to apologise to Yingluck for the incident. He added: “The airline affirms that we work with good governance to serve all passengers equally with no discrimination.”
Yingluck Shinawatra later replied accepting the airlines apology. It has not yet been revealed what, if any, disciplinary action would be taken against the pilot.