40 percent of pilots are flying with fake flying licenses, says aviation minister

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Sarwar revealed the startling news about the 40 percent of pilots flying with fake flying licenses while presenting the provisional inquiry report in the National Assembly of Pakistan about the recent PIA plane crash in Karachi.

Ghuman Sarwar the Federal Minister for Aviation said on the floor of the house, “The 40 percent of pilots were flying with fake licenses”. He further added

“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,”

He went on to talk about that most of the pilots are less experienced. “Pilots are also appointed on a political basis, unfortunately,” he said. “Whilst appointing pilots, merit is ignored,”

He said that an inquiry has been initiated in this regard, and show cause notices have been issued to 54 pilots. “Some of the pilots have also challenged these notices in court. So far, at least nine pilots have confessed to holding fake degrees,” he claimed.

Later PIA said that they acknowledge the AAIB plane crash report and they have already taken measures based on the findings of the report. Their official twitter handle tweeted, “PIA acknowledges the AAIB report and have already taken measures learning from it. An independent Flight Data Monitoring setup established to monitor & analyze all flights. All pilots with dubious licenses will be grounded. Safety is more imp. than any commercial interest”

Now, the government will restructure the PIA and the government will take action against pilots who are guilty of the offenses.

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