Pilot with fake licence arrested at airport

AMSTERDAM Thu Mar 4, 2010 10:53am EST

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Swedish pilot with a fake commercial license was arrested in his cockpit at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport as he prepared to fly 101 passengers on a Boeing 737 to Turkey, Dutch police said Wednesday.

The 41 year-old Swede, who was at the helm of a jet bound for Ankara, had been flying for 13 years and logged more than 10,000 flight hours using forged documents for airlines in Belgium, Britain and Italy, authorities said.

The pilot, whose name was not disclosed, was said to have expressed relief when confronted and taken off his pilot's stripes.

(Reporting by Reed Stevenson; Editing by Charles Dick)

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bc09876 wrote:
The guy has 10,000 hours and he’s still flying. It sounds like he was the pilot in command, so he can’t be all bad. They just give him a check ride and put him back to work.

Mar 05, 2010 3:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
elderlybloke wrote:
He has not got a bit of paper that says he is allowed to fly.
Bit of paper is more important than being a capable pilot.

Mar 05, 2010 6:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mariodenaro wrote:
its happening into the porto franco zone where a this kind of person its leting a banking casette some where into a saffe place and it will be going back with a same cassette but not so sure the first one and into the town it will be happening something or it was happening something special. mariodenaritto

Mar 06, 2010 3:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
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