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Plane Crash Raises Questions About Pilot Licenses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TYLER, Texas (AP) - The pilot in a small plane crash that
injured three people in East Texas last month had no license to
fly.
That's renewing questions about oversight of pilot
certification.
Federal investigators say Paul Kaemmerling only had a student
pilot certificate that expired more than two years ago. His Cessna
172 went down July 26 near Athens Municipal Airport. No one on
board was seriously injured.
Authorities determined the plane had no mechanical problems that
would have caused the plane to go down.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig says
pilots are caught flying without certification several times each
week.
But Herwig says he believed that cases of uncertified pilots
were "very rare" considering the tens of thousands of flights
each day.
Herwig says not every pilot is checked. He said he could not go
into details about "how or when" ramp checks are performed before
takeoff because of security issues.
Uncertified pilots caught flying can be fined up to $1,100 per
violation.


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