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New charges filed in fake pilot case

on March 26, 2013 10:20 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A French man accused of impersonating a pilot after sitting in an airliner cockpit at Philadelphia International Airport now faces federal charges.

The U.S. District Attorney’s office said Philippe Jeannard, 61, of La Rochelle, France, was charged Monday with criminal trespass.

He already faced state charges including trespass, forgery and false impersonation.

Authorities said Jeannard was wearing a shirt with an Air France logo and carrying a counterfeit Air France ID card when he boarded a Florida-bound US Airways flight Wednesday.

Jeannard was a ticketed passenger but allegedly sat in a cockpit jump seat behind the pilot, then became verbally abusive. The affidavit said Jeannard told crew members he was an Air France pilot.

Jeannard remains in custody; it’s unclear whether he had an attorney on the federal charges.

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