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Pilot impersonator gets into US Airways cockpit

Pilot impersonator gets into US Airways cockpit

POSTED: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 10:04am

A 61-year-old Frenchman was arrested this week after he impersonated a pilot and sat in the cockpit of a US Airways plane before a scheduled flight from Philadelphia International Airport, police say.

Philippe Jernnard boarded the plane Wednesday evening wearing a shirt with an Air France logo and a jacket that resembles one worn by pilots, Philadelphia police Inspector Joseph Sullivan said.

He entered the cockpit and sat in a jumpseat behind the pilots.

After an airline employee saw Jernnard in the cockpit, the crew determined he didn't have the proper credentials and ordered him off the plane before it left the gate.

Police arrested Jernnard on charges of trespassing, impersonating a public servant and lying to police.

He was being held Friday with bail set at $1 million.

A federal law enforcement official said investigators have not found any link to terrorism, but still are trying to determine what Jernnard was doing.

The FBI is looking into the matter.

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