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Fake pilot sat in cockpit on commercial flight

The Local · 24 Sep 2012, 08:23

Published: 24 Sep 2012 08:23 GMT+02:00

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Perhaps copying Leonardo DiCaprio in the Hollywood film about a notorious fraudster, the unemployed 32-year-old man dressed to impress – and convince – and got himself a seat in the cockpit of an Air Dolomiti flight from Munich to Turin in April, daily paper Die Welt reported.

The two real pilots on flight apparently failed to notice the Italian was an imposter, but Lufthansa, which owns Air Dolomiti, stressed that he had not flown the plane but had just sat in the cockpit during the flight.

Lufthansa spokesman Christoph Meier told Die Welt that there was no way that anyone, not even a pilot, could board a Lufthansa flight without a ticket – meaning that the man may well have had a seat booked in the cabin.

It has taken since April for Italian police to track him down – and they said when they arrested him at Turin airport on Wednesday he led them to a garage full of pilot-style shirts and trousers as well as a handful of fake identity cards.

He will now face charges of compromising air traffic and abuse of official titles. On his Facebook page, the man boasted of having been promoted to pilot by Lufthansa, despite being very young for such a position.

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Your comments about this article

11:53 September 24, 2012 by smart2012
How did he get through security at Muncih airport?
13:47 September 24, 2012 by zeddriver

Good question.

Of course had this been a 90 year old women trying to board with a finger nail clipper. She would have been gang tackled by security and beaten.
19:59 September 24, 2012 by Zubair Khan
Just filled an innocent wish and did not harm any one. Leave him to enjoy such innocent nastings.
20:22 September 24, 2012 by Englishted
He got though because he had a ticket .

I am unclear as to if he was wearing his uniform at the time more likely he changed on the plane (in the toilets ).
21:48 September 24, 2012 by zameenzad
Security was busy "randomly checking" Muslim looking guys.
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