Pilot with fake flying license resigns after 20 years

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A pilot with South African Airways by name William Chandler is likely to find his name in the Guinness world book of record after he revealed that he has been flying a plane for 20 years with a fake flying license.

According to reports from the South African Airways said it discovered their pilot William Chandler’s paperwork was forged after a “reportable incident” during a flight from South Africa to Germany.

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A safety officer at SAA has also been suspended for allegedly trying to cover up the forgery. South African newspaper the Mail & Guardian (M&G) reported that Chandler worked as a flight engineer at the state-owned SAA before getting a job as a pilot in 1994.

He was a Senior First Officer, a role where he was a monitoring pilot but did not command any aircraft. Sources told the M&G that he was, however, in control of a plane that “made some strange turns” after encountering turbulence over the Swiss Alps.

SAA said in a statement that, after investigating the incident, it found Mr Chandler had only a commercial pilot’s licence. He later resigned.

Airlines require pilots to have an airline transport pilot licence (ATPL) for long-haul international flights. For an ATPL, pilots must pass several technical and medical exams and complete 1,500 hours of flying time.

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Licence-holders must “refresh” their credentials every year in a series of tests involving flight simulations and physical exams. The certificates are awarded in South Africa by the country’s civil aviation authority (SACAA).

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Qwame is currently a student of the University of Ghana where he is pursuing a degree in Public Administration. He is a delighted Staff at Ghpage gratefully working hard to cause a change in the world. Loves to read, play football, video games, and researching at his spare time.

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