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International Airlines Probe Pak Pilots After Reports Of “Fake Licence” Emerge: Report

Last week, Pakistan International Airlines grounded 150 pilots with “dubious licenses”.


Several worldwide airways, together with Qatar Airways, have initiated a probe in opposition to Pakistani workers and grounded them until additional discover after authorities right here reported that as many as 262 pilots had been holding faux licences, a media report has stated.

Last week, cash-strapped Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) grounded 150 pilots with “dubious licenses” after the preliminary probe report of the Karachi aircraft crash on May 22 blamed the pilots and the air visitors management for the tragedy that killed 97 individuals.

The Express Tribune, quoting sources reported on Sunday that Kuwait Air has grounded seven Pakistani pilots and 56 engineers, whereas Qatar Airways, Oman Air and Vietnam Airlines have compiled lists of Pakistani pilots, engineers and ground-handling employees.

They stated the staff whose names are on the lists will stay grounded until a report is obtained from the Pakistani authorities, it added.

The nationwide flag provider has written to overseas missions and international regulatory and security our bodies, assuring them it has grounded all 141 pilots suspected of acquiring licences by way of unfair means, a PIA spokesperson stated on Saturday, the report stated.

Signed by PIA Chief Executive Officer Arshad Malik, the letter has been despatched to all heads of overseas missions in Pakistan in addition to worldwide aviation regulators and security monitoring companies, the spokesperson stated.

Pakistan’s Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar stated final week that the federal government had requested numerous industrial airways, flying golf equipment and constitution firms to floor a complete of 262 pilots till investigations into their {qualifications} had been accomplished, it added.

The motion was prompted by the preliminary report on the crash of the PIA plane in Karachi final month, which discovered that pilots did not comply with customary procedures. Global security and transport our bodies expressed concern over the alleged “dubious” licences and stated they had been wanting into the matter.

Malik had additionally knowledgeable the aviation ministry concerning the flight security measures.

The 262 pilots – 109 industrial and 153 airline transport pilots – had been grounded on Friday, pending conclusion of inquiries in opposition to them. They included 141 from PIA, 9 from Air Blue, 10 from Serene Airline, and 17 from Shaheen Airlines, which has closed down, the report stated.

The aviation minister stated the transfer to floor the pilots would assist allay international considerations and present that wrongdoing had been corrected. He added that 5 officers of the aviation authority had been additionally suspended for abetting the suspected pilots.

The investigations into pilots’ {qualifications} started after a 2018 crash touchdown by which it was discovered that the check date on the licence of the pilot concerned had been a vacation – suggesting it was faux as testing couldn’t have taken place on that day.

That led to 16 PIA pilots being grounded in early 2019.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires pilots to cross all eight papers to turn into totally certified, after finishing at the least 1,500 hours” industrial flying time. The minister stated 28 of the pilots had already been discovered to have obtained tutorial levels illegitimately, the report added.

On May 22, the home flight from Lahore to Karachi crashed in a residential space close to the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.
The Airbus A320 plane of the nationwide provider had 91 passengers and a crew of eight when it crashed into the Jinnah Garden space close to Model Colony in Malir, minutes earlier than its touchdown. One woman died on the bottom after struggling burn accidents.

Two passengers miraculously survived the crash.

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