On June 23rd 2015, An Austral Embraer ERJ-190, registration LV-CEU performing flight AU-2708/AR-2708 from Buenos Aires Aeroparque,BA to Rosario,SF (Argentina), was preparing for departure, when an Argentinian showgirl was invited to the cockpit and took the jumpseat, a video was recorded with the starlet in the jumpseat being rather talkative during departure preparation (checklist reading), taxi and while lining up for departure on runway 13.
After receiving takeoff clearance the crew invited the starlet to move the thrust levers forward initiating takeoff that way, a normal takeoff occured. While climbing out, enroute and on approach to Rosario there is frequent chatting going on between both pilots and the starlet, even throughout short final and flare the chatting continues, the aircraft touched down safely on Rosario's runway 02 and rolled out without incident, chatting still ongoing.
The occurrence became widely known in Argentina and around the planet when the video surfaced on social media.
On Jun 26th 2015 the airline reported both pilots were instantly dismissed stating that the pilots endangered the safety of the flight and its passengers.
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