May 21 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A jobless Italian man posed as an airline pilot to hitch a ride from Germany to Italy.
He was arrested after setting up a fake Facebook account under the name Andrea Sirlo and successfully flying as a third pilot on an Air Dolomiti plane from Munich to Turin.
But he is not thought to have touched the plane’s controls.
Suspicions arose when ‘Sirlo’ introduced himself as captain to an aviation lieutenant, who became wary about the mystery man due to his young age.
Sirlo - whose real name has not been released - has been charged with endangering air transport security.
His scam is similar to the Leonardo DiCaprio film ‘Catch Me if You Can’, which sees the Hollywood actor portray a conman who posed as a pilot.