The Police bust SAA pilot who was fired for flying with fake licence for 20 years

A senior 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, has been taken into custody, police have said.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said William Chandler appeared in 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.

“This was after they were informed that we were looking to arrest the man on charges of forgery and uttering.”

The case was postponed to May 15 for further investigations.

Previously Mail & Guardian reported that SAA discovered that Chandler’s airline transport pilot licence had been forged.

SAA opened a criminal case of fraud against him.


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