Six-year-old boy becomes Etihad pilot for day

Roshina Jowaheer

Earlier this month, six-year-old Adam Mohammad Amer surprised pilots onboard an Etihad Airways flight with his outstanding knowledge of intricate aircraft operations and emergency procedures.

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Captain Samer Yakhlef filmed the amazing encounter on the flight from Morocco to Abu Dhabi and posted the video online.

It was viewed over six million times and the airline invited Adam to the Etihad Airways Training Centre to undergo pilot training for a day.

The clever youngster was dressed in a pilot uniform and went through several Airbus A380 simulator sessions.

Captain Majed Al Marzouqi, Etihad Airways' Vice President Flight Operations, said: "Seeing Adam's enthusiasm reminds me of my own as a young boy, with dreams of becoming a pilot.

It really is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with the children of our community. Adam shows incredible intellect and knowledge, having learned complex operational procedures from YouTube videos.

I hope he has enjoyed his day in the life of a pilot and that it encourages him to pursue his passion when he is older.