Fake licence: Pilot sacked after 20 years
For 20 years he was a senior pilot with South African Airways (SAA), but he has been fired after the airline discovered he had been flying with a fake licence.
Mail & Guardian reports that William Chandler’s fraud was discovered during an investigation into a “reportable incident” over Swiss airspace on a flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Frankfurt, Germany.
Chandler, who was a co-pilot on the flight, was said to be in control at the time of the incident.
He worked as a flight engineer at SAA before becoming a pilot in 1994. He went on to forge his Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).
According to the airline’s policy, Chandler should have gotten his ATPL by 1999, so the forgery may have occurred around that time.
Chandler who was a Senior First Officer (SFO) with SAA before his sack, who may have been operating with a fake licence, had refused to be promoted to a captain, despite his colleagues who joined in the same year with him, becoming captains in 2005. Promotion to a captain would require re-submission of his ATPL certification.
“There is a direct nexus between the misrepresentations he made and his remuneration level, the benefits and allowances he received.
SAA suffered actual financial prejudice as a result of claims he made for over a decade,” said SAA spokesperson.
Culled from e-Nigeria