PIA grounds 150 pilots over ‘dubious licenses’

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) yesterday said that it had grounded 150 pilots with “dubious licenses”.

This announcement came after a day, the preliminary report of the Karachi PIA plane crash blamed the pilots and the air traffic control (ATC) for the deadly incident.

It must be mentioned here that the official spokesperson for the national carrier said that all those pilots who get their licenses verified by the concerned authorities will be permitted to resume their duties.

“By grounding so many pilots, the PIA flight operations will be affected,” the spokesperson added.

The national carrier have already dismissed six pilots with forged degrees, PIA spokesperson said.

It is pertinent to mention here that PIA chairman also requested the civil aviation authority for details of the remaining pilots with dubious and fake commercial licenses.

“Action will be taken against all those pilots with fake licenses,” PIA chairman said.

The official Twitter handle of PIA also wrote:

“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. All pilots with dubious licenses will be grounded. Safety is more important than any commercial interest,” tweeted the national flag bearer on Wednesday.

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