Pilot abused his position at British Airways to molest hundreds of African girls

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Pilot abused position at British Airways possibly molesting hundreds of African girls

Pilot abused his position at British Airways to molest hundreds of girls at African orphanages while claiming he was doing charity work



Simon Wood, 54, feared to be one of UK's most prolific child sex offenders
Investigators in Africa say they fear there could be hundreds of victims
BA now faces a lawsuit by victims who claim the airline failed to protect them


A British Airways pilot used his position to abuse hundreds of vulnerable children in African schools and orphanages, the Daily Mail can reveal.

First Officer Simon Wood, 54, claimed he was carrying out charity work for the airline while molesting scores of young girls during his stopovers in Africa.

Dressed in a bogus captain’s uniform, he would use the airline’s good name – and even BA branded toys and colouring books – to lure children out on day trips and to five-star hotels used by the airline, where he would abuse them.

British Airways is now facing a hugely damaging lawsuit brought by his victims, who say the company failed to protect them from his horrific abuse.

After abusing children for 15 years, the £100,000-a-year pilot was finally stopped when he was charged with separate child sex offences in the UK.

Days after appearing in a court in London last month charged with the offences, Wood threw himself under a train.
Prosecutor Peter Zinner said: ‘The prosecution say that Mr Wood was a deeply depraved and corrupt individual who had used his ability to fly to other parts of the world to commit sexual offences against children.’

Officials in Kenya have identified at least 15 children, all believed to be girls aged five to 11, that Wood abused – and say they fear there are hundreds more.

As British Airways launched an international investigation into the ‘shocking’ claims, questions were asked over why the pilot – who was arrested after indecently assaulting an eight-year-old girl in 2000 – was ever allowed to work near children.' Prosecution sources said they feared the pilot could prove to have been among Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.





During his 16-year career with British Airways, Wood chose unpopular routes in and out of East Africa, using his stays there to prey on vulnerable children in the slums.

Wood’s first known contact with children in Africa came in 2001 when he began visiting the Nyumbani orphanage in the Karen area of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

It was the first centre of its kind in Kenya to accept only children infected with HIV, and managers said they had received no complaints of abuse against any of their children.

At Easter 2002, he was among 20 crew members from two BA flights who volunteered to spend the holiday period with the Kenyan youngsters, showering the orphanage with presents, medicines and donations raised at home.

He told the UK news agency the Press Association, which covered the trip: ‘We play, sing, organise activities and generally entertain them. We become very close to the children.’

In fact Wood was using the prestige of his pilot’s uniform to gain access to children for the purposes of abusing them.
Much of the most recent abuse happened during stopovers in Uganda, his normal flying destination, from where he would cross the border to Kenya to target slum children and orphans.
Officials in Kenya say, he claimed he was a member of ‘BA’s community relations programme’ when approaching orphanages and schools.

If managers complained about his behaviour, Wood made official complaints to the police that the staff involved were stealing from the children’s homes, and at least two managers were arrested over his allegations.

Wood first came to the attention of police when he was accused of an indecent assault on an eight-year-old girl. He met the girl while volunteering for Diabetes UK, escorting young children on a trip to North Yorkshire in 2000.


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Poca

Registered User
So some actually suspected him of wrongdoings but, they were not listened to. Rather than investigating a further, the police just decided to believe the pilot and putbhis words above the people caring for those kids.



If managers complained about his behaviour, Wood made official complaints to the police that the staff involved were stealing from the children’s homes, and at least two managers were arrested over his allegations.
 

dollbabi

Earth Angel
So some actually suspected him of wrongdoings but, they were not listened to. Rather than investigating a further, the police just decided to believe the pilot and putbhis words above the people caring for those kids.


If managers complained about his behaviour, Wood made official complaints to the police that the staff involved were stealing from the children’s homes, and at least two managers were arrested over his allegations.
It's crazy. People act like individuals in certain positions are incapable of committing crimes. And then of course, sometimes people care far less for those who are disadvantaged.

this is very INSENSITIVE of you as a grand father...
Sorry, I couldn't help it.
 

Buhbayduss

change is up to us...
It's crazy. People act like individuals in certain positions are incapable of committing crimes. And then of course, sometimes people care far less for those who are disadvantaged.



Sorry, I couldn't help it.

LOOK... do what you have too, no hard feelings, have no problem having my spelling checked... at the end you know what am saying...
 

DSP

Heri
I wonder if he killed himself to escape from the shame, or because
he truly regretted. I bet it was the shame of being exposed.
 

dollbabi

Earth Angel
It's definitely a tough read. Honestly, you know enough from reading that title anyway. It's just terrible.
 

Poca

Registered User
That is one case, Imagine the damage cause all those priests who were sent to spread the good news to the poor and destitutes. If they were that active in the western world where there are clear laws and regulation against child sexual abuse, Imagine how active they must have been and are still being in other parts if the world.
 

Alpha Unit

Insurgent
Such an easy way out after inflicting such long lasting and impacting torment! BA was grossly irresponsible having him whether with other crew or not doing anything with or among children.
 
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