Govt decides to take action against PIA pilots with fake licenses

ISLAMABAD: After the interim investigation report of the Karachi PIA crash investigation was presented in the National Assembly, major decisions were expected from the government to rectify the identified problems. The first of such decisions comes in the form of action being taken against one third of the country’s pilots having alleged fake licenses.
The government has decided to take stern action against all pilots who have been flying aircrafts on fake licenses. According to sources, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has sought a list of these pilots and decided to immediately ground them till the completion of the inquiry.
Besides PIA, the pilots with alleged fake licenses are employed by a number of other airlines as well and are a security liability. In total, the licenses of 262 pilots are said to be fake, against which PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik has summoned his legal and flight operations teams to decide upon appropriate course of action.
According to sources, out of 400 PIA pilots, 150 captains have been found to have obtained fake licenses. A formal announcement regarding an investigation against the CAA’s regulatory department is also expected in Federal Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s press conference.
Earlier in the day, Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan presented initial investigation report on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash in the National Assembly (NA).
Speaking in the House, the minister blamed plane’s captain, crew members and the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) for the crash, while PIA and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) were also declared responsible because of their inaccuracies in preventing such accidents.

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