Radio Netherlands Worldwide

SSO Login

More login possibilities:

Close
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Twitter
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
Home
Monday 1 September  

Fake pilot arrested moments before take-off

Published on 3 March 2010 - 4:31pm
More about:

A pilot has been arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for flying passenger planes for 13 years with a false licence.

The 41-year-old Swede was in the cockpit of a Corendon Airlines Boeing 737 about to take off for Ankara with 101 passengers on board when police arrested him. The move by the Dutch authorities followed  a tip-off from the Swedish authorities.

The Turkish low-budget airline was informed in advance and had a second pilot lined up to take over the flight.

The fake pilot says he has been flying for 13 years on a false licence and had spent at least 10,000 hours flying hours in the cockpit. He had worked for airlines in Belgium, the United Kingdom and Italy. After his arrest the man appeared to be relieved that his deception had come to light and immediately removed his stripes.

The man does have a pilot's licence, but as it was not valid for passenger aircraft he had tampered with it.

A lawyer acting for Corendon Airlines said the fake pilot had worked for the airline for the last two years and that he had “expertly misled the company with his false papers”. He had also managed to pass tests with flying colours at other airline companies.

The lawyer called it pure luck that the man had never flown alone and said he would never pilot a Corendon Airlines flight again.

 

Discussion

Kayode 1 August 2014 - 11:06am / Nigeria

i am trying to become a pilot but not a fake and un lincesed pilot

Kayode 1 August 2014 - 11:05am / Nigeria

i am trying to become a pilot but not a fake and un lincesed pilot

VictorS 10 February 2012 - 1:44pm

Like most professional pilots he is probably bright and learned as much from books and simulators as he did actually flying.
search

Thomas Poliko 10 February 2012 - 1:40pm

Rather than arresting the pilot, the authorities should have looked into the situtations that facilitiate such fake pilots to register in the system.Will they arrest the issuing authority and the company which employes such people wihout proper verification.Anyways its a good good article

Govt jobs 25 November 2011 - 5:56pm

This guy was an unlicensed pilot, not really a fake one. Now the question is "where did he get his experience, or training that enabled him to fly the aircraft without causing an incident? I could probably fly a light aircraft, but would have problems even starting the engines on a commercial airliner. government jobs

Govt jobs 25 November 2011 - 5:54pm / http://www.generalupdates.com

This guy was an unlicensed pilot, not really a fake one. Now the question is "where did he get his experience, or training that enabled him to fly the aircraft without causing an incident? I could probably fly a light aircraft, but would have problems even starting the engines on a commercial airliner.

Gregology.net 24 May 2010 - 4:39am / Australia

I've been brushing up on my flight simulator and I've applied for 15 pilot positions :)

JL De Foa, MD 8 March 2010 - 7:15pm / Canada

I'm a ~700 hour instrument rated private pilot. The article does not say what level his valid licence had reached - whether ultralight, private, or even a commercial licence with multi-engine & instrument ratings. Regardless, he would have received training all along the way (either at his expense or his employers) as he upgraded from single engine trainers to high performance singles to twins to turbines and ultimately to transport category aircraft. Like most professional pilots he is probably bright and learned as much from books and simulators as he did actually flying.

He probaly landed a job requiring an ATPL (airline transport pilot licence), and when he had to show up for work was still lacking the "official" document - maybe he hadn't finished all the 1500 hours required, hadn't written or flown the test yet, or something - but he knew he could "do" the job so he modified his pilot licence document. Now he has 10,000 hours, probably many as "pilot in command."

IIt's too bad he took a short cut. Now Sweden has an incorrectly licenced but well trained & experienced pilot to deal with. I expect Swedish air law will require a hefty fine and a suspension (perhaps revocation) of the licence he does have. However, after an appropriate time out of the cockpit, let him write & fly all the appropriate written & flight tests and upgrade his licence.

He should at least be able to qualify for a commercial licence so he can start at the bottom again. Passengers would likely be safer with him in the left seat than with a newly minted ATPL pilot with only 1500 hours.

brandt nielsen 5 March 2010 - 5:16pm / denmark

......... and now this idiot puts all the rest of us in a bad spot
, put him away for ever at swollow the key !!!

Russ 4 March 2010 - 12:34pm / USA

Knowing and being somewhat skilled at flying an aircraft is one thing. Being able to answer the questions required before a license can be issued is another thing. The rules are to protect the passengers who have to trust that the pilot is qualified to fly them safely. This guy was an unlicensed pilot, not really a fake one. Now the question is "where did he get his experience, or training that enabled him to fly the aircraft without causing an incident? I could probably fly a light aircraft, but would have problems even starting the engines on a commercial airliner.

Anonymous again 4 March 2010 - 9:49am / USA

You use "fake pilot" when you may more correctly use the terms 'Pilot with altered license...' But then you wouldn't be making news if you reported it correctly, would you?

This man is clearly a pilot. He can fly planes. Whether he is licensed or not is the concern.

This is what is wrong with news organizations today.

mcd 4 March 2010 - 5:34am / USA

If, as reported in a Wall Street article that an Israel security company, manned by ex-Israel milatary people operate the Amsderdam Airport, how did the Christmas bomber get through the Israel intelligence. The article report Israel intelligence had an office at the Airport (not sure if it was in the Airport or near) How did they let the bomber through, or do I have the facts wrong. It is assuring to know that Israel controls the security in so many world wide airports. They give assurance that somebody is watching the terroist movements. Peace MD

Post new comment

Please be reminded all comments must be in English, short and to the point - guideline 250 words. Abusive and inappropriate comments will be removed.

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p> <br>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

RNW on Facebook

RNW Player

Video highlights

Ladies on the move
RNW is keen on featuring inspiring women in our target countries, women who...
What about men?
In many countries, men don't stick around to raise their children. This is...