Update: Cops arrest SAA pilot who flew with a fake licence

Update: Cops arrest SAA pilot who flew with a fake licence

William Chandler, the former SAA pilot who was flying with a fake licence for two decades, was arrested on Monday, cops confirmed.

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For over 20 years, Chandler duped SAA by flying without a valid pilot's licence. Earlier this year he was forced to step down, but he could not escape legal action.

Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo confirmed that Chandler was taken into custody on grounds of fraud.

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According to News24, Chandler appeared in Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday. However, the case was postponed to 15 May, 2019.

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It was also revealed that the former SAA pilot was released on R5 000 bail. SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali also confirmed Chandler's arrest.

"We are however aware that the pilot concerned was taken into police custody earlier today in relation to a criminal case against him," SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said.

Earlier this month, Briefly.co.za reported Chandler was forced to step down after the SAA discovered the pilot had been operating for 20 years with a forged license.

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The discovery was made after an incident over Swiss air space had caused an investigation into the matter.

The incident reportedly took place on a flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Frankfurt, Germany, in November last year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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