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Fake license revealed, PIA decides to ground 150 pilots

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Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, while presenting the report of the Karachi plane crash in the National Assembly, revealed that out of 860 active commercial pilots in the country, the licenses of 262 pilots are questionable as they have been involved in civil aviation. Because they asked someone else to take an exam on their behalf to get a license.

After this revelation, there has been a wave of concern among air travelers, and while talking to Urdu News about the quality of pilots from civil aviation and airlines in the country, PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said that The national airline has decided to ground all 150 of its pilots whose names appear on the list of fake licenses.

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This is what happened on November 11, 2018, when a PIA ATR plane landed on the runway at Panjgur Airport. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or property in the crash, but when it was discovered that the pilot had made very childish mistakes that could not be expected from a trainee pilot, the PIA inquired into the matter. The PIA inquiry found that the pilot’s license was questionable.

The licensing authority, the Civil Aviation Authority, was contacted, and the PIA then reported directly to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

At the behest of the Prime Minister, a high-level inquiry was launched, which was kept secret for 15 months. A senior civil aviation official and a few other officers were involved in the inquiry. The inquiry revealed that there are 262 pilots whose licenses are in doubt, and 150 of them belonged to PIA.

PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez told Urdu News that the national airline had decided in a meeting on Wednesday that after receiving the list from the government, the airline would suspend all its 150 pilots from air operations and ground them.

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