Where the bluff finally ended

Pilot Flew 13 Years With Fake License

A Swedish pilot was arrested on Wednesday by Dutch police at Schiphol Airpot in Amsterdam for flying without a license. According to news bureau TT, the man had been flying for 13 years on the bluff when he was nabbed right before lifting off with the Boeing 737's 101 passengers.

The Swedish Transport Agency had been following the man's case for years.

"We have been on his trail a long time now but we just haven't gotten hold of him yet," the agency's press secretary, Anders Lundblad, told TT.

Newspaper Expressen writes that the man currently works for Turkish low-price carrier Corendon Airlines, but that he has also worked for airline companies based in Belgium, Great Britain, and Italy.

Altogether, the pilot had logged over 10,000 flying hours.

The man did have a flying license, but not for larger passenger planes. According to Lundblad, he did have a valid certificate in the 1990s but chose not to renew it for unknown reasons.

Radio Netherlands reports that he was initially hired on the basis of a forged license, but that he passed the employment test with good marks. The latest forgeries were dated 2005-2006.

A tip given to Turkish Authorities by the Swedish Transport Agency was what eventually did the man in.

"Someone at the agency heard that the man was working in Turkey," Lundblad explained.

The pilot has already confessed to Dutch authorities, reportedly saying that he feels relieved that the bluff is finally over.

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