Indian Police investigates cases of pilot license irregularities

August 3, 2011

The Delhi Police in India is investigating 15 cases in which pilots are suspected to have forged flying records or forged examination mark sheets to obtain flying licences.

Following an incident in January 2011, investigators found irregularities in the way the licence of one of the pilots was obtained. The Indian  Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) then conducted a check of the examination history of 1,704 candidates who were holding ATPL and 6,331 CPL-candidates.

Nine Commercial Pilot Licences (CPL) and six Airlines Transport Pilot Licences (ATPL) were found to be obtained by submitting fake marksheets. In all 15 cases, the licences were suspended and cases were handed over to Delhi Police authorities. The Delhi Police arrested 11 pilots, five middlemen and three DGCA officials for their involvement.


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