Suspect Pilot Located In U.K.
Last week, authorities located a 35-year-old British national who had been the subject of a "special alert (scroll down) issued to flight training providers. The alert included a picture of the man and said he should not be allowed to rent or fly airplanes or take lessons. A flight school in Georgia, where two of the 9/11 hijackers had briefly trained, had reported that the man had tried to have his pilot rating upgraded despite not being qualified. He also became "aggressive" while pushing for his training schedule to be accelerated. Authorities say they now have located the man in the U.K. The matter is still being investigated and he has not been taken into custody, but his name is now on the FAA's "no-fly" list. He is a licensed pilot but apparently was in the U.S. illegally. The special alert also said that he had no known means of income, used calling cards to communicate with associates, and may have fled the country when he was alerted to official interest in him.