World's Dumbest Pilots

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Most pilots are pros, but even experienced captains can slip up.

Not Worth Their Stripes

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For most people, flying a plane isn’t a task to be undertaken lightly. Or without proper training and certification. But according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, between 2008 and 2009, more than 200 pilots on the payrolls of Chinese airlines had falsified or exaggerated their credentials, and 1 in 7 of Shenzhen Airlines’ pilots—more than 100 overall—should not have been flying.

World's Dumbest Pilots

Not Worth Their Stripes

For most people, flying a plane isn’t a task to be undertaken lightly. Or without proper training and certification. But according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, between 2008 and 2009, more than 200 pilots on the payrolls of Chinese airlines had falsified or exaggerated their credentials, and 1 in 7 of Shenzhen Airlines’ pilots—more than 100 overall—should not have been flying.

Jochen Tack / Alamy
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