A Swedish pilot without a valid licence to fly has been arrested at Amsterdam as he was about to fly a jet with 101 passengers to Turkey, Dutch police say.
The 41-year-old man said he had been flying for European airlines for 13 years and had logged 10,000 hours.
Police said he once had a licence to fly small planes but it had expired and it did not allow him to fly large jets…
Turkey’s Corendon Airlines said he had been flying for the airline for two years and had “expertly misled the company with his false papers”.
The airline said it had been alerted by police and had a pilot standing by to fly the Boeing 737 from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to Ankara.
Was he doing a decent job of piloting – or was he just fooling people into thinking he was good enough – or were the authorities just doing a lousy job of checking standards?