A former baggage handler of Virgin Airlines has pleaded guilty to making hoax calls to pilots and air traffic controllers at Melbourne airport, Australia.
One of the calls he made resulted in Virgin flight aborting its landing at Melbourne Airport last year.
20 year old, Paul Sant admitted making five unauthorised radio transmissions to Virgin, Jetstar and Qantas flights, as well as making a fake ‘mayday’ call to air traffic controllers in which he purported to be the pilot of a light aircraft in distress.
Australian Federal Police said, his fake calls had the potential to cause a major aviation incident and initial calls were treated seriously by Air Traffic Controllers.
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The transmissions were eventually determined to be fake but treated seriously when they were first received by air traffic controllers.
Court documents highlighted in regards to call he made for Virgin Aircraft, that “He told a friend the plane’s wheels were down ready to land when he made the call and it had restricted them before going back into the air,”
He pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of an aircraft in flight and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ jail.