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New Mexico Resident Sentenced for Operating an Aircraft Without an Airman’s Certificate

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.