Colombia’s Civil Aviation Agency has discovered irregularities in 118 pilot licenses and on Sunday ordered an internal investigation to figure out the extent of the fraud.
German Ramiro Garcia, secretary of areal security at Aerocivil, said that “with the goal of detecting if there are inconsistencies or falsifications in their proceedings or conductions [or if they have not] complied with all the requisites. This [investigation] is ongoing as of this moment and has to do with the licenses of flight crew, technicians, of pilot students.”
According to Noticias Uno, Aerocivil was trying to confirm whether members of the Aeronautic Agency had been selling the licenses in an illegal manner.
“Information and investigations [have been given to] the Prosecutor [General] to define the level of responsibility and compliance of [certain] functionaries,” said Garcia.
According to reports handed over to the prosecutor, children of businessmen had paid some $2,800 to receive pilot licenses, without presenting the proper exams of knowledge.
Some of the pilots accused of having fake licenses were in the process of becoming civil airline pilots, Noticas Uno reported.