posted on Sep, 26 2017 @ 06:08 PM
In part two of the series, we learn about a Lear Jet that crashed after running out of fuel on a one hour flight from Germany. The aircraft landed
intact in a corn field, where the pilot, an Iranian national with a criminal record was found unconscious in the cockpit, with pilot certificate from
the US with a fake name on it. The pilot, Nader Ali Sabouri Haghighi, had a revoked certificate, but the FAA sent him a new one. All he had to do was
call the FAA hotline, give them the name and license number of another pilot he had dealings with, and say he lost his certificate. Without even
checking, the FAA sent a new certificate to the address he provided.
In 2009 the FAA received warnings that people with terrorist connections had certificates and were working maintenance on aircraft. Haghighi flew for
four years in his fake certificate, even though he looked nothing like the person it belonged to, because of the simple fact that pilot certificates
don't have a picture of the person it belongs to in it. They still don't to this day.
The FAA defends their licensing policy by the fact that to receive a license, the pilot has to have a government issued ID. After 9/11, the FAA was
ordered to overhaul their licensing. One of the few changes made since then, was to use higher quality materials to make it harder to forge them.
Incredibly, after he got out of jail, the FAA issued Haghigi a medical certificate to help him get a job at an airline in Indonesia. All he did was
change one letter in the name he had been using, and change the date of birth slightly. It was only after another agency noticed it that something was
Then there is the case of Richard Hoagland. He was issued a certificate by the FAA under the name of Terry Symanski, who had been dead since 1991. As
recently as 2010 Hoagland was issued a new certificate under the Symanski name.