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saa thumb medium95 76News24 reports on the arrest of a senior SA Airways (SAA) pilot, who had been asked to resign earlier this year after it was found that he had flown commercial airplanes for more than 20 years with a fake licence.  

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo indicated that William Chandler appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday and was released on R5,000 bail.  Naidoo said Chandler's attorneys handed him over to police at OR Tambo International Airport “after they were informed that we were looking to arrest the man on charges of forgery and uttering."  The case was postponed to 15 May for further investigations.  Previously Mail & Guardian reported that SAA discovered that Chandler's pilot’s licence had been forged.  This was apparently discovered after an investigation into a "reportable incident" on a flight he piloted.  The airline’s spokesperson also said SAA had suspended its highest-ranking official responsible for safety, after allegations that the official tried to cover up for Chandler.

  • Read the full original of Sesona Ngqakamba’s report on this story at News24


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