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Europe Suspends Pakistan International Airlines Over Fake Pilot Licences

Nearly a 3rd of Pakistan International Airlines pilots had been grounded for holding faux licences. (File)

Karachi:

Regulators have barred Pakistan International Airlines from the European Union for six months after the state-run provider grounded practically a 3rd of its pilots for holding faux or doubtful licences, officers mentioned Tuesday.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) informed PIA “it is still not sure” if all of the remaining pilots are correctly certified, and “they have lost their confidence” within the airline, PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan informed AFP.

In a press release, the EASA mentioned it had suspended PIA and a smaller personal Pakistan airline “in view of the recent investigation reported on in the Pakistani Parliament which revealed that a large share of pilot licenses issued in Pakistan are invalid”.

PIA has solely flown restricted worldwide flights for months because of the coronavirus.

A resumption of home operations final month was adopted by a crash blamed on pilot error that killed 98 individuals.

PIA had lately resumed bookings for 5 European capitals cities, together with Paris, Milan and Barcelona.

Flights to Britain, which is not within the EU, had not been affected, Khan mentioned.

The EU suspension is the most recent fallout for PIA after the aviation minister informed parliament final week {that a} authorities overview had discovered 262 of Pakistan’s 860 energetic pilots maintain faux licenses or cheated on exams.

More than half of them had been from PIA, and the airline mentioned it will instantly floor 141 of its 434 pilots.

The EASA mentioned it suspended PIA “due to concerns about the capability of competent authorities to ensure that Pakistani air operators are in compliance with applicable international standards at all times”.

Prime Minister Imran Khan informed parliament he would reform PIA and different authorities establishments.

“I want to tell my nation: We have no other option, reforms are inevitable,” he mentioned Tuesday.

Aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan mentioned reforms geared toward restructuring PIA can be accomplished by the top of the yr.

On May 22, a PIA flight crashed into homes in Karachi, killing all 97 individuals aboard the aircraft and a baby on the bottom.

Investigators blamed two pilots, who had been chatting in regards to the coronavirus whereas they first tried to land the Airbus A320 with out placing its wheels down.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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