According to media reports Monday, Model Victoria Xipolitakis, who has posed for the Greek edition of Playboy magazine, recorded six videos of herself and the pilots in the cockpit, according to Mashable.
In one of the videos, one of the pilots tells Xipolitakis she will control the plane for part of the takeoff, reports the Daily Mail.
“You sure?” she asks. “Nothing could happen?”
There were reportedly 36 passengers on the flight when the model took over.
“The company confirms its continuing commitment to safety and the respect for operational and safety policies and protocols,” the airline said. “The behavior of the pilots, also rejected by their professional association, is totally opposed to the operational safety culture of Austral Líneas Aéreas.”
— Victoria Xipolitakis (@VXipolitakisOK) June 24, 2015
Not only were the pilots fired and the model banned, but Austral announced forthcoming criminal proceedings against the three “for putting the flight’s safety at risk.”
federal prosecutor has asked a judge to look into the selfie-heavy incident and Aerolíneas has pressed charges against the three of them, alleging that they committed an “attack against aircraft security.”
According to the Buenos Aires Herald, if they are convicted, they could face between two and eight years in prison.
Xipolitakis apologized, via a tweet in Spanish, for the pain she had caused, and said that it was not an example of her character.
Some passengers on the plane may also take legal action, according to Fox News Latino.
What do you think: Should the pilots have been fired by Austral Lineas?