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Putin urination shock latest surprise from colourful airline

February 14, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The head of Corendon Dutch Airlines (a carrier sponsoring many Netherlands skaters in the Sochi Olympics) has told media that he was arrested near the main Olympic venue for urinating on a fence outside Russian President Vladimir Putin’s villa.

Corendon chief Atilay Uslu went out to celebrate the achievements of Dutch skaters. But when he paused to urinate on a fence, he quickly found himself surrounded by Russian troops.

Uslu told international news agency UPI that the soldiers asked him if he had not seen the security cameras. They also wanted to know whether he knew that it was Putin’s house.

Uslu said he was detained for about an hour, and when he was released he found about USD 1364 in cash was missing from his belongings.

“I don’t really feel like trying to get it back,” he said. PTM_250-x-250

Corendon is an interesting airline. As Wikipedia notes: “Corendon Airlines (CAI) is a Turkish registered airline headquartered in Antalya Turkey. Corendon Dutch Airlines (CND) is a Dutch registered airline headquartered in Lijnden, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.”

The airline (or airlines) appears to have had a fairly quiet 2013, but earlier years have been more eventful.

In 2010, detectives hauled a bogus pilot from the cockpit of a Corendon Airlines B737 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport just as he was about to take off for Ankara with 101 passengers aboard.

The man, a Swede, was charged with flying passenger planes for 13 years with a false licence.

It turned out that the fake pilot had spent at least 10,000 hours flying hours in the cockpit. He had worked for airlines in Belgium, the United Kingdom and Italy. A lawyer acting for Corendon Airlines said the impostor had “expertly misled the company with his false papers”.  The lawyer called it pure luck that the man had never flown alone and said he would never pilot a Corendon Airlines flight again, Radio Netherlands reported.

Two years later, in October 2012, panicking passengers were evacuated from a smoke-filled Corendon Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Turkey’s Antalya airport, shortly after flight crew reported smoke in the cockpit. Three passengers were slightly hurt during the evacuation and 25 were affected by the smoke.

Compared to those incidents, urinating against a fence – even Putin’s fence – is a minor matter.

Written by : Peter Needham

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