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Former Commercial Pilot Pleads Guilty to Falsifying FAA Medical Forms

On July 12, Ronald N. Crews pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston, Massachusetts, to charges of making false statements on airman medical certification forms. Crews, a former commercial pilot for Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines (Cape Air), was charged in November 2005 with failing to disclose the fact that he was an insulin-dependent diabetic, a condition which could have prohibited his employment as a commercial pilot. The investigation was initiated after a February 2002 incident in which Crews became incapacitated while piloting a Cape Air plane from Martha's Vineyard to Barnstable, Massachusetts, with four passengers aboard. No copilot was on the plane, which was landed by a passenger who was a student pilot. Sentencing is scheduled for October 10.