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Europe Suspends Pakistan International Airlines Over Fake Pilot Licences

Nearly a 3rd of Pakistan International Airlines pilots had been grounded for holding pretend licences. (File)


Regulators have barred Pakistan International Airlines from the European Union for six months after the state-run provider grounded almost a 3rd of its pilots for holding pretend or doubtful licences, officers stated Tuesday.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) advised PIA “it is still not sure” if all of the remaining pilots are correctly certified, and “they have lost their confidence” within the airline, PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan advised AFP.

In a press release, the EASA stated it had suspended PIA and a smaller non-public Pakistan airline “in view of the recent investigation reported on in the Pakistani Parliament which revealed that a large share of pilot licenses issued in Pakistan are invalid”.

PIA has solely flown restricted worldwide flights for months on account of the coronavirus.

A resumption of home operations final month was adopted by a crash blamed on pilot error that killed 98 individuals.

PIA had just lately resumed bookings for 5 European capitals cities, together with Paris, Milan and Barcelona.

Flights to Britain, which is now not within the EU, had not been affected, Khan stated.

The EU suspension is the most recent fallout for PIA after the aviation minister advised parliament final week {that a} authorities assessment had discovered 262 of Pakistan’s 860 energetic pilots maintain pretend licenses or cheated on exams.

More than half of them had been from PIA, and the airline stated it will instantly floor 141 of its 434 pilots.

The EASA stated it suspended PIA “due to concerns about the capability of competent authorities to ensure that Pakistani air operators are in compliance with applicable international standards at all times”.

Prime Minister Imran Khan advised parliament he would reform PIA and different authorities establishments.

“I want to tell my nation: We have no other option, reforms are inevitable,” he stated Tuesday.

Aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan stated reforms geared toward restructuring PIA could be accomplished by the tip of the 12 months.

On May 22, a PIA flight crashed into homes in Karachi, killing all 97 individuals aboard the airplane and a toddler on the bottom.

Investigators blamed two pilots, who had been chatting concerning the coronavirus whereas they first tried to land the Airbus A320 with out placing its wheels down.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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