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Two pilots are under investigation for allegedly maneuvering their passenger jet through the air so that it drew the shape of a penis in the sky. The phallic-like turns were captured on flight-tracking software and were apparently a bizarre act of solidarity with the Russian football team’s captain. 


The unnamed crew of the Russian Pobeda airline are reported to have flown the plane so that it drew a penis to back their country’s team captain Artem Dzyuba who was suspended from international duty after footage showing him appearing to masturbate in bed was leaked online. A video highlights the alleged X-rated detour taken by flight DP407 en route from Moscow to Yekaterinburg on November 11.


The state-owned news agency RT called it a ‘ballsy flight path’ but questioned whether the alleged stunt was a ‘bit too cocky’. ‘This was probably the way in which Pobeda captains expressed their support to Russian team captain Artem Dzyuba and showed their attitude to him being bullied,’ said a spokesman for the airline. It was later confirmed that the Federal Air Transport Agency is investigating the ‘phallic protest’ over the city of Neftekamsk. Reports suggest the crew requested permission for air maneuvers ‘due to a need to check radio-navigation equipment’.


It is known that the scheduled flight with budget airline Pobeda – part of national flag carrier Aeroflot – landed 20 minutes late in Yekaterinburg. Oleg Panteleev, executive director of Aviaport agency, told the RBC news outlet that a check was being made on whether the crew had received permission for unusual maneuvers around Neftekamsk and if so whether the turns in the sky threatened safety. The probe will also check whether the crew broke the boundaries of ethical behavior. Roman Gusarov, editor in chief of avid.ru, said: ‘You have got to be mad to perform maneuvers like this. These kinds of things get punished severely.’


He added that if true the stunt appeared ‘extremely dangerous because traffic density is high and air corridors are narrow… ‘Moreover to draw something like this and then to admit to it means confessing to hooliganism.’ Separately, the FSB security service is investigating whether the 32-year-old Zenit St Petersburg player was blackmailed for $5 million over the compromising video which was allegedly hacked from his mobile phone. The married player reportedly met a hacker responsible for stealing the intimate footage but refused to pay the ransom.


Picture Credit: FlightAware

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