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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How is it possible to fly a large aircraft without proper licensing and qualifications – what does it say about SAA?

Trust in SAA is shot completely after it came to light that they entrusted the lives of thousands to a pilot that does not have the required credentials or license. It is understandable when you do not check the documentation of the guy or gal cleaning the offices or making the tea, but REALY….a Pilot?

A senior SAA pilot, William Chandler was forced to step down when it was discovered that he does not possess the proper licensing to fly big aircraft or large distances. This is something he has been doing for more than 20 years under the employment of South African Airways. SAA says it discovered that William Chandler’s pilot license was forged during an investigation into an incident that was reported on a plane he flew.

SAA spokesperson Tladi Tladi says the pilot has been forced to resign from the airline.

“The pilot concerned has since resigned but SAA has opened a criminal case against him. In addition, the airline will pursue civ
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