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BA pilot jailed for lying about experience to get job

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BUSTED! A British Airways pilot has been jailed for lying on his CV to get job at the airline. Craig Butfoy made false claims to get and retain work with BA’s subsidiary BA CityFlyer. The 49-year-old entered false details and altered entries in his flight logbook.

The 49-year-old was handed a 12-month prison sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court earlier this week after pleading guilty to four charges of fraud.

Counsel for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Jonathan Spence said: “The Civil Aviation Authority’s prosecution and the sentence imposed show that offences of this kind are taken very seriously by the Civil Aviation Authority and the courts.

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He was also accused of falsifying details on his CV, including that he held a private pilot’s license since 1998, and fabricated training course documents.

A spokesman for British Airways said: “The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority, and the fully-qualified pilot was suspended and an investigation launched as soon as BA CityFlyer became aware of discrepancies in his employment record.

“At no point was there any risk to customers or colleagues.”

The airline added that Butfoy had a full pilot’s license.

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