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Ryanair sacks chief pilot over ‘inappropriate behaviour with female staff’

Budget airline Ryanair has sacked its chief pilot following an investigation into alleged instances of “inappropriate behaviour”.

Aidan Murray was reportedly fired yesterday (Tuesday, June 13) after he was accused of “unacceptable behaviour” towards junior pilots and female staff.

Two and a half weeks ago, investigators allegedly received an anonymous report accusing the 58-year-old of grooming four junior female pilots.

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Now, Ryainair’s chief people officer Darrell Hughes confirmed the dismissal, claiming that a probe into Murray found “repeated and unacceptable behaviour.”

In a staff memo, Mr Hughes wrote: “We regret to advise all of you that last evening we terminated with immediate effect the employment of the Ryanair DAC Chief Pilot.

“This decision follows an investigation over recent days which identified a pattern of repeated inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour towards a number of female junior pilots, which was in breach of our anti-harassment policy.

“We are determined to ensure that all our people can come to work in a safe and secure environment.

“We would ask all of you to respect the privacy and integrity of those brave individuals who came forward to assist us in this investigation.”

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Murray was appointed chief pilot in 2020.

The role normally requires individuals to oversee the actions of all pilots, ground personnel, and flight attendants.

A spokesperson for Ryanair told the Daily Star: “We do not comment on queries relating to individual employees.”

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