Police in Italy have arrested a jobless man who posed as an airline pilot, tricking his way into riding in the cockpit of at least one jet, the BBC reported. The unnamed man was stopped at Turin Airport wearing a pilot’s uniform and using forged ID cards, police said. He was charged with endangering air transport security and impersonation. The suspect led police to a garage containing neatly pressed white shirts with epaulets, black trousers and jackets, like those worn by pilots. No motive for the man’s actions was reported immediately.
Police have established he sat as “third pilot” in the cockpit of an Air Dolomiti plane which flew from Munich to Turin in April. He did not touch the controls, however. Air Dolomiti is part of the German airline Lufthansa, which gave no details when approached by the Associated Press news agency but insisted he could not have boarded the plane without a ticket. Investigators are now trying to establish if the man flew on other planes.