Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will ground 150 out of its 426 pilots amid suspicion of dubious licenses
A little over 35% of the pilots of the PIA face an inquiry on suspicion of ‘dubious’ licenses, and will be grounded until the inquiry is complete, said the PIA spokesperson. He mentioned that 6 pilots possessing fake degrees have already been terminated from their job.
The decision came after the preliminary findings report of the plane crash in Karachi blamed the pilots and the ATC (Air Traffic Control) for the unfortunate incident, as they were more focused on the global pandemic discussion rather than doing their job. Earlier in May, the plane crashed in Karachi resulting in 97 casualties and only 2 survivors.
A day before, while talking to the media in the capital city Islamabad, Ghulam Sarwar Khan (Aviation Minister) said that out of the 860 pilots in the country, 262 pilots will be grounded immediately based on suspicious flying licenses.
There is a method to this madness.
Minister of aviation on 24 June said 150 PIA pilots with issues.
PIA grounds 150 pilots same day & writes a letter.
Today PIA sent a reminder to get the list of 150 pilots that it has already grounded.
Still no idea who PIA has grounded. 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/zp5YBUBP4f
— Tahir Imran Mian ✈ (@TahirImran) June 25, 2020
PIA’s Chairman has requested the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) for details regarding the remaining pilots with suspicions.
The Chairman of PIA said,
“Action will be taken against all those pilots with fake licenses”.
He shed further light on the matter by saying that according to their findings there are some pilots, who don’t have any record of taking the paper and somehow still managed to get the licenses. He said the government will take serious action by issuing charge sheets and show cause notices to make sure they won’t be able to fly any plane.
These pilots will also be charged with criminal offenses, as they are not qualified pilots, and by acquiring fake licenses they put the lives of the passengers at risk. He also added that the pilots who will get cleared from the inquiry by getting their licenses fully verified will be able to resume their duties.
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