At least 150 PIA pilots grounded after report finds 40% possess ‘pretend licenses’

“We have asked the Civil Aviation Authority to send the list of the remaining licenses,” a PIA spokesperson stated. “We acknowledge the report and are working on making our standard better.” The News/Files

ISLAMABAD: At least 150 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots had been grounded over “dubious licenses”, the nationwide flag-carrier stated Thursday, a day after the preliminary report of the Karachi aircraft crash blamed the pilots and the air visitors management (ATC) for the incident.

A PIA spokesperson stated pilots who get their licenses verified can be allowed again on responsibility. “Grounding so many pilots will affect the PIA flight operation,” the spokesperson stated.

The spokesperson added they’d already dismissed six pilots with pretend levels. “We have requested the Civil Aviation Authority to ship the listing of the remaining licenses.

“We acknowledge the report and are working on making our standard better,” the spokesperson stated. 

In a letter to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), the PIA chairperson requested the aviation authority for particulars of the remaining pilots with doubtful and faux business licenses.

‘Safety oversight by aviation regulator’

“Action will be taken against all those pilots with fake licenses,” the PIA chairperson stated, including that the airline would take all crucial steps to make the business operation protected.

Commenting on the event, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) stated it was “following reports from Pakistan regarding fake pilot licences, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator”.

The IATA spokesperson added that the organisation was looking for extra info.

Earlier, the nationwide service had acknowledged the preliminary report of the final month’s aircraft crash in Karachi that left 97 individuals useless, saying that it could floor all pilots with “dubious licenses”.

Safety ‘extra necessary  than business curiosity

“PIA acknowledges the AAIB report and have already taken measures learning from it. An independent Flight Data Monitoring setup established to monitor and analyse all flights,” the PIA wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

“All pilots with dubious licenses will be grounded.

“Safety is extra necessary than any business curiosity,” the nationwide flag bearer had added.

The airline’s announcement got here a couple of hours after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan offered a preliminary report on the Karachi aircraft crash within the Parliament.

The report held the pilots and the ATC chargeable for the incident, stating that the cockpit crew didn’t appear centered on the job and had been enthusiastic about the coronavirus as a substitute.

Sarwar had revealed that it was noticed that the pilot took the decision from the ATC “very hurriedly” and informed the tower that he would “manage”, after being knowledgeable that the plane was at a harmful top.

The recorder confirmed that even after taking the decision, the pilots went again to their conversations about coronavirus, he had added.

‘Almost 40% PIA pilots have pretend licenses’

After talking at size about how the tragedy had unfolded, the minister had make clear the dismal scenario of the airline about its pilots, saying that 40% of them had been flying plane with pretend licenses.

“Pakistan has 860 active pilots, which includes PIA, Serene Air, Air Blue. The inquiry which was initiated in February 2019 showed that 262 pilots did not give the exam themselves and asked someone else to give it on their behalf,” the minister had stated, including that the pilots didn’t have the correct flying expertise both.

“Pilots are also appointed on political basis, unfortunately,” he had stated. “Whilst appointing pilots, merit is ignored,” he had added, disclosing that in one other occasion, levels of 4 PIA pilots had been discovered to be pretend.

Sarwar stated the federal government would take motion towards pilots who had been discovered responsible of the above offenses. He stated the PIA can be “restructured” and brought again to its days of glory.