Ryanair’s chief pilot is sacked after “asking young female pilots to send him photos of their bodies and telling one she had a ‘nice butt’ as part of a pattern of inappropriate behaviour”.
- Ryanair staff learned that Aidan Murray, 58, had been made redundant in an email.
- The investigation is said to involve several female pilot trainees who were allegedly “sexually harassed and coerced” by Murray.
Ryanair has sacked its chief pilot after trainees made numerous sexual harassment complaints against him.
Ryanair staff, whose slogan is “Europe’s Favorite Airline”, were informed that Aidan Murray, 58, had been made redundant in an email.
The airline took action after he allegedly asked women to send him photos of their bodies with responses from him including “You have a great body” and another said “Amazing ass.”
The note, from the company’s head of human resources, Darrell Hughes, read: “We regret to inform you that last night we terminated with immediate effect the employment of Ryanair DAC Chief Pilot (who was appointed in 2020).
“The decision follows an investigation in recent days that identified a pattern of repeated, inappropriate and unacceptable behavior towards a number of young female pilots, which violated our anti-harassment policy.
Staff at Ryanair, whose motto is “Europe’s Favorite Airline”, were informed that 58-year-old Aidan Murray (pictured) had been made redundant in an email.
‘We are determined to ensure that all of our people come to work in a safe and secure environment. We ask all of you to respect the privacy and integrity of these brave individuals who volunteered to assist us in this investigation.’
The investigation is said to involve several female pilot trainees who were allegedly “sexually harassed and coerced” by Murray.
Other women are also said to have given statements to the airline about his behavior with all those involved who are said to be between the ages of 21 and 32.
He is said to have changed his rosters so he could work alongside them in the booth and the alleged inappropriate behavior is said to have taken place over the past 12 to 18 months.
Ryanair took action after Murray allegedly asked women to send him photos of their bodies with responses from him including ‘You’ve got a great body’ and another saying ‘amazing*s’
Ryanair provided advice to those who came forward to make the complaints and one of those involved left, while another asked to be transferred to another location and two others changed their shift patterns.
A source told MailOnline: ‘The four of them were in a difficult position and he took advantage of it. They were young and had invested a lot of money in their training.
Murray, whose Linkedin profile has been disabled, could not be reached and Ryanair said in a statement: “We do not comment on inquiries relating to individual employees.”
He has been a pilot for 30 years and has worked at Ryanair in various roles for over 26 years.
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