Female Pilot in Trouble for Working for 2 Airlines Secretly, Luck Shines On Her Despite Protest

Female Pilot in Trouble for Working for 2 Airlines Secretly, Luck Shines On Her Despite Protest

  • A female pilot has managed to keep her career going after his employer discovered that she works with two airlines
  • Several of her colleagues protested and demanded that she be stopped from flying over the safety implications of her actions
  • There are international safety rules that impose strict regulatory constraints regarding duty times and rest periods to ensure passenger and crew safety

Legit.ng journalist Dave Ibemere has over a decade of business journalism experience with in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian economy, stocks, and general market trends.

A female pilot, Danica Theuma, found herself at the centre of a controversy after it was revealed that she had been secretly working for two airlines.

Theuma was discovered to be working for Virgin Atlantic and KM Malta Airlines without the other airlines knowing about it, violating industry regulations on safety.

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Female pilot works for two airlines
A female pilot was called out over a breach of safety rules Photo credit: Digital Vision.- For illustration purposes only. Depicted person has no relationship to the events described in this material.
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How she was found to work for two airlines

According to the report, the female pilot, a first officer, was caught by chance flying Virgin Atlantic planes in the United Kingdom while also working as a pilot for KM Malta Airlines.

She was supposed to observe the obligatory rest periods after her flight schedule but chose to travel to London to fly Virgin Atlantic planes out of Heathrow Airport.

One of her colleagues reported seeing her and reporting to her manager.

The pilot gets the sack but got lucky

Virgin Atlantic's managers fired Theuma on the spot as soon as they learned what the first officer was doing.

Their decision to fire her was not only due to a severe breach of contract but also because the pilot broke international safety rules that impose strict regulatory constraints regarding duty times and rest periods to ensure passenger and crew safety.

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While KM Malta Airlines initially suspended her, they decided to reinstate her a short while later, so she's still flying with the airline.

The decision by KM Malta Airlines to allow the female pilot to continue working has reportedly not gone down well with her colleagues. They are demanding that she face punishment for disregarding safety rules.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a man had reacted to the isiagu outfit that the Air Peace crew wore.

Air Peace commenced the Lagos-London flight on March 30, placing its airfare at N1.2 million for economy class and N2.2 million for premium economy.

A video which captured parts of the inaugural flight showed the aircrew walking majestically at the airport. The Airpeace crew and their well-wishers were led by Allen Onyema, the CEO, who was evidently proud of the achievement.

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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at Legit.ng. He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email: dave.ibemere@corp.legit.ng.