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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suspended 150 pilots for holding fake or dubious licences
The airline said, “out of our 434 pilots, 150 will be grounded as of today,(June 25)” because they were holding “either bogus or suspicious licences”.
Pakistan’s aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told parliament the review found more than 260 of the country’s 860 active pilots had fake licenses or had cheated on exams.
The fraud in pilot’s licences emerged after investigators found PIA plane crash that killed 98 people in southern Pakistan last month was due to human error.
Suspensions will remain until investigations can be carried out to verify the authenticity of the pilots’ licences.
Seventeen pilots were suspended in January 2019 over similar allegations following a probe into an air crash in the southwestern Pakistani town of Panjgur – where a plane carrying 43 passengers careered off the runway after making an unsafe approach.