A senior South African Airways (SAA) pilot has reportedly been forced to step down after it was discovered he has been flying aircraft for more than 20 years without the correct qualifications.
According to the Mail & Guardian investigative journalist Sabelo Skiti, SAA discovered that its pilot William Chandler had no certification to allow him to operate bigger aircraft or fly long distances.
Skiti explains that the investigation was instituted after an unexplained incident while Chandler was flying to Germany.
The 'incident' forced the airline to conduct an investigation which showed that Chandler only had CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) and no licence that allowed him to fly long-haul flights.
if you are flying your Boeing 727 and typically 12-14 hours long-haul flights you would need that certificate to operate it. Even if you are co-piloting you would need that certificate to operate it.— Sabelo Skiti, Investigative journalist - Mail & Guardian
It is a statutory requirement with the Civil Aviation Authority, the custodians of safety in the sky. You must have that certification to reach a certain level as a pilot and to fly certain routes.— Sabelo Skiti, Investigative journalist - Mail & Guardian
According to the airline policy, Chandler was due for a promoted to captain but kept on refusing it.
His refusal should've been seen as a red flag, concludes Sikiti.
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