On September 8, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa sentenced Keith Alexander Thomas II to 24 months of probation, a $5,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment. On May 3, 2021, Thomas was convicted for the same charges. According to the indictment, on June 20, 2018, while operating a Cessna twin engine aircraft, Thomas encountered problems with the aircraft and made an emergency landing. Further investigation revealed that Thomas did not have a valid FAA-issued airman’s certificate.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from FAA’s Des Moines Flight Standards District Office.