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Old 26th June 2020, 05:40 PM
Greg Hyde Greg Hyde is offline
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Pakistan pilots accused of cheating on exams after Karachi crash that killed 97

Pakistan's state-run airline has grounded 150 pilots, accusing them of cheating on their exams.

The mass sacking came after investigations into a crash that killed 97 people in Karachi in May.

Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said the company would make sure "such unqualified pilots never fly aircraft again".

He said the safety of passengers was the airline's top priority.

The International Air Transport Association said it was following reports from Pakistan "regarding fake pilot licences, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator".

The global airline organisation said it would seek more information.

The move by PIA to ground the pilots comes a day after the country's Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarqar Khan, said 262 out of 860 Pakistani pilots had "fake" licences.

He made the revelation while presenting preliminary findings of a probe to Parliament into the May 22 Airbus A320 crash.

The announcement stunned politicians present in the National Assembly and shocked family members of passengers who died last month when Flight PK8303 went down after departing from the eastern city of Lahore, crashing in a congested residential area in Karachi.

The crash killed 97 people, including all the crew members. There were only two survivors on board and a girl died on the ground.

Neither Mr Khan nor Mr Hafeez released additional details about the alleged methods used by the pilots to wrongfully obtain licences.

Mr Khan only said they did not take examinations themselves to get the required certificates.

Aviation industry officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed Pakistan International Airlines first knew about the scandal two years ago.

They said an unspecified number of people who had the skills to fly a plane but lacked technical knowledge had in the past bribed qualified persons to take exams for them.

The officials also said the airline fired at least four pilots at the time on accusations of falsifying exams to obtain a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority.

Mr Khan said the pilot involved in the May 22 crash did not pay attention to warnings from the air control tower before making his first failed landing attempt.

The pilot was told the plane was too high to land.
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Pakistan's aviation minister says there was 'no malfunction in the aircraft' in initial report on plane crash that killed 97 people last month

However, he said the pilot and co-pilot were medically fit and qualified to fly.

The crash took place when the plane attempted to land a second time.

The pilots ignored advice and the control tower did not inform the pilots about damage caused to the engines after the plane's first failed landing attempt.
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Old 2nd July 2020, 11:30 PM
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PIA now banned from flying into UK and EU except for a handful of specific B777 repatriation flights in the next few days.
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