Update, 10/11: Air Canada now confirms that Mostafa Ezzo no longer works for Air Canada.
We can confirm the pilot in question no longer works for Air Canada, following the process initiated on Monday. https://t.co/U9rTkBM7Z2
— Air Canada (@AirCanada) October 11, 2023
Originally posted on 10/10:
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Mostafa Ezzo is an Air Canada 787 first officer and a class 1 flight instructor. The airline flies the 787 Dreamliner between Montreal and Tel Aviv as well as seasonally between Toronto and Tel Aviv.
Air Canada has not flown to Israel since last week.
Mr. Ezzo was previously an Embraer and Bombardier captain for Air Canada.
The StopAntisemitism account shared on X/Twitter some horrific social media posts from the pilot made in the aftermath of the Hamas massacre/pogrom against Jews in Israel:
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) October 10, 2023
Earlier, I reached out to Air Canada for comment, though they did not respond.
Mr. Ezzo deleted his social media accounts and there’s not much information about him online, but I did find this article from 2016 about him. His friend was the pilot on EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo that fell into the Mediterranean, killing everyone onboard. Mr. Ezzo was quoted as searching for answers about what happened to the flight. It was originally suspected of being caused by terrorism, though no terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the crash. Last year, the French BEA said it was likely caused by a pilot’s cigarette.
However, the airline has now posted on X/Twitter that, “We are aware of the unacceptable posts made by an Air Canada pilot. We are taking this matter very seriously, and he was taken out of service on Mon, Oct. 9. We firmly denounce violence in all forms.”
We are aware of the unacceptable posts made by an Air Canada pilot. We are taking this matter very seriously, and he was taken out of service on Mon, Oct. 9. We firmly denounce violence in all forms.
— Air Canada (@AirCanada) October 10, 2023
No word from Air Canada on just how long he will be “out of service”.
Would a Pilot’s postings and beliefs influence your trust in their ability to fly you safely to your destination?