William Chandler: Pilot Used Fake Licence for 20 Years

Johannesburg - A senior pilot was asked to resign from South African Airways (SAA) earlier this year after it was found that he had flown commercial airplanes for more than 20 years with a fake licence, a South African publication reported.

The SAA reportedly discovered that William Chandler's airline transport pilot licence had been forged. This was reportedly after an investigation into a "reportable incident" on a flight he piloted.

The Mail & Guardian reported that that the incident involving Flight SA206 from OR Tambo International Airport to Frankfurt, Germany, occurred in November over Swiss airspace.

According to the paper, Chandler was the monitoring pilot (co-pilot) on the trip and had the controls at the time of the incident.
William Chandler 

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali reportedly said an investigation into the incident led to the discovery that Chandler's licence was fake.

It also reportedly explained why Chandler opted not to be promoted to the rank of captain in 2005, as he would have had to submit his certification.

Chandler reportedly joined SAA as a pilot in 1994. The airline now wants Chandler to pay back the money he fraudulently earned, including perks. This could run into millions, Tlali told the paper.

In 2010, a Swedish pilot who flew passenger jets for 13 years without a licence was fined R32 000 and banned from flying for 12 months, The Telegraph reported.

Despite doctoring his expired pilot's licence and being banned from flying for a year by a Dutch court, the court noted he had never caused an accident in the 13 years. - News24


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