30 Mass. flight school students arrested

Posted Nov. 05, 2010, at 12:43 p.m.

STOW, Mass. — The owner of a Massachusetts flight school and more than 30 of his students have been charged with being in the country illegally.

The owner of the TJ Aviation Flight Academy at Minute Man Air Field in Stow and the students received federal clearance to train as pilots despite strict security controls put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Some of the 9-11 terrorists trained in the U.S.

Those arrested are Brazilian. Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said immigration officials have concluded that they had “no nexus to terrorism.”

A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration tells The Boston Globe the agency is investigating how allegedly illegal immigrants received pilots licenses.

The school’s owner denies he is in the U.S. illegally.