Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Fake airline pilot Michael Fay arrested in Winchester, England

A man who forged pilot's qualifications to fly commercial airlines has been arrested after going on the run and failing to attend his sentencing. 

Michael Fay, 59, will be appear at Winchester Crown Court later to be sentenced for fraud.

The US national was convicted last month of faking papers to get a job with Libyan firm Afriqiyah Airways, flying passengers into Gatwick.

He was sentenced to three years in prison in his absence.

Fay was arrested in Winchester on Monday evening on suspicion of failing to appear for sentencing.

Police believed Fay left the UK after his trial in a bid to seek work as a pilot or flying instructor.

The former US Air Force pilot, who had settled in Alton, was arrested in February 2011 after he raised the suspicions of another pilot on an internet forum.

Police said he operated Airbus A320 aircraft for eight months after forging his licence and medical certificates and had flown passengers into Gatwick Airport on eight occasions.

Source:  http://www.bbc.co.uk

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