Pilot Accused of Three Murders Had Criminal Record Prior to Being Hired to Fly

Former U.S. Army and Army Reserve veteran and PSA Airlines pilot Christian Richard Martin had been found guilty of assault on a child under the age of 16 in 2016 before he was hired by parent company American Airlines. He now is accused of the 2015 murder of three individuals. He has been indicted on three counts of murder and one count of arson, with more charges expected. American Airlines told CBS News that the pilot’s assault on a child under the age of 16 appeared on a criminal background checks as a “simple assault” and did not raise red flags since the crime was not reported as a felony.

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