Lying pilot jailed

By Lisa James
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A pilot has been sentenced for 12 months after lying about his experience, fabricating references and making false claims in order to get a job with British Airways.

Craig Butfoy of Matfield, Kent, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court for four offences.

The sentence related to fraud, making false entries and altering entries in his pilot’s logbook in order to obtain or retain employment with BA CityFlyer and Stobart Air, according to the Civil Aviation Authority, which brought the prosecution.

Butfoy, aged 48, had pleaded guilty to four charges at an earlier hearing.

He made the false claims to get and retain work with BA CityFlyer, based at London City Airport, and former Irish regional airline Stobart Air, between April 2016 and March 2018.

He falsely claimed to have flown 1,610 hours as a captain in a job application and gave false details on his CV.

Commenting on the case, CAA General Counsel Jonathan Spence said: “The CAA’s prosecution and the sentence imposed show that offences of this kind are taken very seriously by the Civil Aviation Authority and the courts.

“Pilot integrity is at the heart of aviation safety and we will take all steps necessary to maintain that position.”

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