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Airline Pilot Used Fake License for 25 Years, Exposed After Taking ‘Strange Turns’ Over Swiss Alps

Soumis
 
Star Alliance member and United Airlines partner South African Airways is promising to check the licenses of all of its pilots — and obtain copies from a government regulator instead of pilots just bringing in copies themselves — after discovering that one of their veteran long haul pilots had been using a forged license for 25 years. (viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com) Plus d'info...

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Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 4
Funny that he had the same licence that he was hired with! So he passed all the check rides and medicals and he eventually forged an ATPL out of a CPL. Documentation fraud for sure, but he was legal. Hell, in the USA you don’t even need a type rating to sit in the right seat, as far as I can remember.......but I am aging!
sgbelverta
sharon bias 6
Can't even begin to count the ways this went unnoticed for 25 years.

btweston
btweston 1
I don’t think that expression means what you think it means.
sgbelverta
sharon bias 1
Can you point me in a direction to look up what that statement means? If I'm using it incorrectly I'd like to know....Thank you.
MikeMohle
Mike Mohle 1
I get it, Sharon!
bbabis
bbabis 2
Strange turns after encountering turbulence over the Alps. That doesn't sound like it should trigger an investigation. More details on what caused the investigation would be nice.
dwayne44
Not saying its ok but did he pass all check rides to fly that plane over all those years?
upchucked
Wow, Imagine that. The plane never knew he didn't have the right piece of paper.

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