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South African Pilot Resigns After Flying For More Than 20 Years With A Fake Licence

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A pilot, William Chandler has resigned from South African Airways (SAA) after flying for more than 20 years with a fake licence.



South African Airways said it discovered William Chandler's paperwork was forged after a "reportable incident" during a flight from South Africa to Germany. The airline has filed criminal charges and is seeking "millions of rand" from Mr Chandler.



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.



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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that was a long lime to discover that error now

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somebody used fake licence for 20years, nawa ooo

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He suppose to be prosecuted

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Hmm nawa for people ooh

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How come the security did not get hold of him?

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Flying a plane is very hard and it is very risky

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Mama D
He is smart! For 20 years nobody knew about it

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This is real for 20 years nobody knew it

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Nsidibe
Are you serious, fake, ha my ear have hear.

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All this time it is fake

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This corruption you see is everywhere.

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Was thinking Nigeria was corrupt

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This is serious indeed

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That Illegal

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So since all this while no one found out that he was using a fake license

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but am very very sure that this can't even happen to a Nigerian driver for two days

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Is it not a federal or state plane?

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Am a muslim from tijanniyah side but i hate criticising
Hmmm that Guy is so smart, For Good 20 years nobody knew about it

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South African Pilot Resigns After Flying For More Than 20 Years With A Fake Licence

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Am blessing from Enugu cold city
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