Former US Air Force Pilot forged qualifications
A former US Air Force Pilot used forged pilot qualifications to secure a job as a commercial airline pilot, a position he continued for eight months.
Michael Fay, a US national aged 59, got a job flying passengers into Gatwick on Airbus A320 aircraft with Afriqiyah Airways a Libyan airline.
Fay is now believed to be on the run after failing to turn up in court in the UK where he was due to be sentenced for fraud. In his absence he was given a three-year prison sentence.
A detective said that Fay “targeted Libyan aviation at a time when the country’s political and economic standing was vulnerable and volatile. Had it not been for the quick thinking of a genuine pilot on the internet forum, Fay may have continued to put the public at risk in this manner unnoticed.”
[pictured: Economy class on Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320]