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article imagePilot flies passenger planes for 13 years without license

By Sharon Davis     May 18, 2010 in World
A Swedish air pilot was banned from flying for 12 months and fined US$ 2,400 after admitting to flying passenger planes for 13 years without a license.
According to Independent Online (IOL) Thomas Salme, 41, was arrested at Amsterdam's Schipol airport in March - while seated in the cockpit of a Corendon Boeing 737 carrying 101 passengers just minutes from take-off.
Officers, who were alerted by a Swedish tip-off, said the man had once had a commercial pilot licence, but it had expired and it never qualified him for passenger flights. He claimed that he had also flown British, Belgian and Italian airlines, though it is unclear which ones.
Last month he was fined £1 700 and was banned from flying for 12 months by a Dutch court - which noted that in the entire 13 years, he had never caused an accident.
While working as a maintenance engineer, Salme applied to work as a co-pilot for Scandanvian airlines, AIr One, with a forged license. He said it is easy to do because each country's documents are different.
Officers, who were alerted by a Swedish tip-off, said the man had once had a commercial pilot licence, but it had expired and it never qualified him for passenger flights.
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