Kenya Airways Debunks Unlicensed Pilot Rumors

Kenya Airways has vehemently denied circulating social media rumors that an unlicensed pilot was employed by the airline for eight years, labeling them as "fake news". On October 14, 2023, the airline took to X (previously known as Twitter) to refute these allegations and shed light on the stringent measures they have in place to verify the qualifications of their pilots.


The rumor originated during a discussion on X about a man who allegedly practiced law in Kenya without the necessary licenses. A participant in the discussion claimed that in 2021, a man was discovered to have been flying planes for Kenya Airways for eight years without a license and with a counterfeit KCSE certificate.


In response to these allegations, Kenya Airways issued a statement to clarify that no such incident had occurred. The airline emphasized that all its pilots undergo rigorous training, background checks, and security checks to ensure they are fully qualified. The airline also conducts additional due diligence when vetting applicants and verifies all documents provided by potential employees.

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Kenya Airways operates under strict regulations and is regularly audited by several regulators across its network. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) issues and renews all pilot licenses annually, ensuring that each holder meets the necessary knowledge and experience requirements.

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