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Fake pilot only caught after 20 YEARS because he flew passenger jet erratically

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Fake pilot only caught after 20 YEARS because he flew passenger jet erratically

Fake pilot only caught after 20 YEARS because he flew passenger jet erratically.

Flight from South Africa to Germany reportedly made strange manoeuvres in the sky while William Chandler was at the controls.

A fake pilot who flew aircraft for more than 20 years was only discovered after an ‘incident’ over Swiss airspace where the plane moved erratically.

William Chandler had been flying with fraudulent paperwork his entire career but South African Airways (SAA) have finally revoked his credentials.

An investigation into a ‘reportable incident’ by the SAA revealed the forgery, reports South Africa’s Mail & Guardian.

Although little is known about the incident, the Mail & Guardian has reported the incident involved Flight SA206 in November from OR Tambo International Airport to Frankfurt, Germany and occurred over Swiss airspace.

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Two SAA sources told the website that Chandler, who was the co-pilot on the trip, had the controls at the time.

William Chandler was reportedly monitoring co-pilot on the trip which raised the alarm (Image: Facebook)

William Chandler was reportedly monitoring co-pilot on the trip which raised the alarm (Image: Facebook)

An SAA insider reportedly said: “There were some strange turns that the aircraft made in the air that were not understood by anybody, even in the cabin crew.

“When they landed, obviously they had to write a safety report, and apparently there was even a problem with the jet itself because of what he had done.”

A spokesman for the authority Tlali Tlali said: “When faced with reportable incidents such as this one, the airline undertakes investigations to gather relevant details, establish facts and make determination on what course of action must be embarked on, whether remedial, disciplinary or otherwise.

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“This process forms part of our standard operating procedures.”

Chandler reportedly refused to be promoted to captain, a process that would have required him to resubmit his certification.

Industry insiders said his refusal should have rang alarm bells.

Pilots who joined SAA alongside Chandler in January 1994 became captains in 2005 – yet he remained a senior first officer (SFO).

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