All 4,000 Pilots In India To Get Papers Checked

03/14/2011 07:50 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NEW DELHI -- Indian authorities say they will check the licenses of all airline pilots operating in India after at least four of them were found to be flying aircraft using fake documents.

India's top aviation official Bharat Bhushan says two were arrested for using fake certificates to gain licenses, including a pilot with national carrier Air India who falsified his qualifications. The other two pilots are still being investigated.

Bhushan said Monday that the licenses and other documents of 500 airline pilots have been checked so far. A total of 4,000 pilots will be checked.

He says the second pilot was arrested last week after damaging an aircraft while landing and a scrutiny of her papers showed she had used fake documents to get a license.