“Pilot” sat in the cockpit of at least one plane
A man who posed as an airline pilot – and who was in the cockpit of at least one plane – has been arrested at Turin Airport. The 32-year-old had a fake identity as a Lufthansa pilot named Andrea Sirlo. He used forged identity cards and wore a pilot’s uniform. He even had a Facebook page with faked flight attendant friends. The man’s real identity has not yet been made public.
Police were alerted when Sirlo introduced himself as a captain to a Civil Aviation lieutenant, who was suspicious because he seemed too young. Yet Sirlo has already been in the cockpit of at least one flight as “third pilot”, allegedly within the Lufthansa group. Police are now investigating whether he has piloted other flights. Incidentally, Sirlo is the name of a flight corridor over Turin.
[photo courtesy Brussels Airlines]