View Full Version : Pilot flew 10,000 commercial flight hours using a fake license

Brian Defferding
03-04-2010, 12:36 PM

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.

Ryan Elliott
03-04-2010, 12:37 PM
Well, with all that experience, I guess he can be a real pilot now.

03-04-2010, 12:38 PM
Tom Hanks is not amused.