Fake Pilot Pleads Guilty to Fraud - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Fake Pilot Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A French man accused of impersonating a pilot at Philadelphia International Airport pleads guilty to fraud



    Fake Pilot Pleads Guilty to Fraud
    Philadelphia Police
    Phillipe Jeannard, 61, of La Rochelle, France.

    Philippe Jeannard, 61, pleaded guilty to fraud today for impersonating a pilot and heading into the cockpit of a U.S. Airways flight at Philadelphia International Airport.

    Jeannard was wearing a shirt with an Air France logo and captain's epaulets on his shoulder, had a ticket for a Florida-bound flight on March 20 and asked at the check-in counter for an upgrade, authorities said.

    He became upset when he was told there were no available seats, authorities said. A supervisor asked if he was an airline employee, and "the defendant responded that he was," authorities said.

    A flight attendant noticed that he had an Air France ID card and asked "as a matter of courtesy" if he wanted to speak to the pilots, authorities said.

    The pilot and co-pilot told authorities that he entered the cockpit while they were performing their preflight duties and checks and said he was a Boeing 747 pilot, according to officials.

    The U.S. Attorney's office says the I.D. card belonged to a former employee of Air France.

    State charges of trespass, forgery and false impersonation were dropped last month so that Jeannard could be federally prosecuted.

    A sentencing date has not been set, but Jeannard faces up to 6 months in prison.


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