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Fake Pilot is Sentenced, Flew for Airlines for 13 Years

April 13, 2010 | Posted in: Airfare News,Europe,Pilots

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You may recall this story: a Swedish man was arrested last month at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport while he was in the cockpit of a Corendon Airlines plane – just as the fake pilot was about to fly his 100+ passengers to Turkey.

He was stopped and taken into custody when somebody figured out, hey, this guy doesn’t have a license to do this.

But apparently, that never stopped our hero – he was a pilot for a variety of airlines in Europe for 13 years.

Anyway, his case came to court in the Netherlands today, and – did he get the three month jail term that prosecutors were pushing for? Nope. He got fined just 2,000 euros (about $2,723). Amazing. By the way, the “pilot” – 41 year old Thomas Salme – didn’t even bother to show up.

But then, maybe that’s understandable. He was probably too busy job-hunting.

4 Responses to “Fake Pilot is Sentenced, Flew for Airlines for 13 Years”

  1. Robert Johnson says:

    How is he a fake pilot? Were they not real planes?

  2. Thomas says:

    Well, you should mention that the prosecuter prised him for his flying skills so taking that into accoun and the fact that he has been flying for 13 years the 2000 euros fine is more then enough.

  3. Rick Seaney says:


    He did not have a license to fly commercial jets.


  4. Rick Seaney says:


    Well…that’s one way to look at it. I suppose.


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