The cockpit isn’t a place where you want distractions. It’s also not a place where you want anything other than flying to be a priority.
It’s not a place for horsing around. The pilot of Aeroflot 6502 thought he could land without looking. That was a bad idea.
In 1994 Aeroflot flight SU593 from Moscow to Hong Kong crashed into mountains in South Siberia after the pilot’s 16 year old son accidentally disengaged autopilot control of the Airbus A310’s ailerons. That sent the plane into a near vertical dive. While the pilot leveled off the plane, he stalled the aircraft while pulling up.
And that’s why unauthorized passengers don’t sit in the cockpit during flight. Pilots aren’t supposed to let attractive passengers join them up front. Even when the passenger is a porn star. Or a Playboy Bunny.
- The pilot received a 6 month suspension, was fined $1750, and has to pay for his wife’s travel. No free rides.
- The other flight officers were also suspended and fined — for going along with it.
The pilot’s wife, it turns out, bought a ticket for the first flight her husband was piloting — from Nantong to Lanzhou — then she just stayed with him for the rest of his journey that day to Beijing.
It’s ‘only his wife’ but spouses have been known to get into arguments, indeed two American flights diverted around Thanksgiving when couples got into fights on board.