Two pilots of the Russian low-cost Pobeda are currently under investigation after maneuvering their Boeing 737-800s into a pen*s-shaped trajectory, apparently in protest against the dismissal of a footballer.
Flight DP407 left Moscow on November 11, 2020, at 13:16 to serve Yekaterinburg in Siberia, but at the level of the city of Neftekamsk in the Urals, it deviated from its initial path to take the shape of a p e n i s … This particular maneuver lasted 30 minutes, according to Russian air traffic control, resulting in arrival in Yekaterinburg at 5:51 p.m., about 20 minutes later than scheduled.
An official from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency called the maneuver « dangerous », as air traffic in the area is high. An investigation is underway and the two pilots should receive a sanction.
According to a spokesperson for the Pobeda company, the two pilots wanted to support Artem Dzyuba, captain of the Russian national football team, who was punished after a video leaked on social networks in which he appears masturbating in bed. The national team coach has decided to remove Artem Dzyuba from the next matches, which many Russians consider unfair. « This is probably how the Pobeda pilots expressed their support for Russian team captain Artem Dzyuba, » said the low-cost spokesperson.