Man impersonating pilot arrested on US Airways flight

Man impersonating pilot arrested on US Airways flight

Authorities arrested a man they say impersonated a pilot and entered the cockpit of a US Airways flight awaiting takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport.

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on board a plane bound for West Palm Beach, Fla., CBS Station KYW reports.

Police sources told KYW that 61-year-old Philippe Jernnard, of La Rocelle, France, was wearing a shirt with an Air France logo on it and carrying a black jacket resembling a pilot’s jacket; he was also in possession of an Air France crew member identification card, which was later determined to be counterfeit.

Correspondent Elizabeth Hur reports that prior to boarding Jernnard, a ticketed passenger, tried to get an upgrade but was denied; he was later found sitting in the jump-seat behind the captain’s seat in the cockpit of the airplane. How he got into the cockpit remains under investigation.

When questioned by flight crew, he allegedly identified himself as a 747 pilot for Air France. When asked to produce proper credentials, Jernnard became argumentative.

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