Fake Garuda Indonesia pilot arrested at Soekarno-Hatta airport, Asia News

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Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Police arrested a man posing as a pilot for national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia at the airport’s Terminal 3 in Tangerang, Banten, on Friday.

The man, identified as Alvin Adithya Darmawan, was wearing a Garuda pilot uniform when he checked in at the Garuda counter at 11.40 am on Friday, Soekarno-Hatta police chief Sr. Comr. Victor Togi Tambunan said. Besides dressing in uniform, Alvin was also reportedly carrying a Garuda air crew ID.

Alvin was seen wandering around the terminal before heading to a security check point when a real Garuda pilot named Andre saw him and became suspicious of Alvin’s behaviour.

“Based on his suspicions, captain [Andre] then talked to the man, but he replied with unclear answers,” Victor said as reported by kompas.com on Saturday.

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Andre then reported Alvin to flight security personnel near the check point.

Head of the criminal investigation unit at the airport, Comr. James Hasudungan Hutajulu, said Alvin was a passenger on a Garuda flight to Semarang, Central Java. He reportedly told police that he was obsessed with the idea of becoming a pilot.

“When he graduated high school he applied to get into a pilot school but he failed,” James said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Alvin was still detained for questioning as of Friday evening.



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