Pak aviation authority suspends licenses of 34 extra PIA pilots

Islamabad, July 8

Pakistan’s aviation authority has suspended the licenses of 34 extra pilots of Pakistan International Airlines on suspicion of holding faux levels, based on media reviews on Wednesday.

Last week, the nationwide flag service terminated the companies of 52 workers on numerous prices, together with faux levels.

The PIA has grounded greater than 140 pilots after it was revealed within the National Assembly that a few of them held ‘dubious and fake’ licenses.

According to a notification issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, licenses of 34 extra pilots will stay suspended until the inquiry towards them has not been accomplished, Geo News reported.

Meanwhile, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday ordered its 32 member states to bar Pakistani pilots from working, following reviews of faux licenses being issued to them, the report added.

The EASA has requested its member international locations for particulars of Pakistani captains.

The letter despatched to the member states by the EASA acknowledged that the CAA has revealed irregularities within the issuance of 40 per cent of licences.

The transfer follows a call by the EASA to briefly droop PIA’s authorisation to function to the EU member states for a interval of 6 months efficient July 1, the Express Tribune reported.

“Approximately 40 per cent of the airline pilot licenses issued by PCAA are either falsified or otherwise not ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) compliant,” learn the letter, describing the state of affairs as a “grave safety concern”.

The choice by the EASA has been taken after 262 Pakistani pilots had been grounded, whose licences the Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan had termed “dubious” within the National Assembly.

Separately, a PIA flight steward went lacking from his resort after arriving in Toronto by a flight carrying passengers from Islamabad, Dawn News reported.

PIA steward Yasir disappeared from the resort he was staying in after reaching Toronto on PIA flight PK-781.

The flight steward was discovered lacking from his resort when the airline’s senior workers contacted him on Monday.

He reportedly replied that he was going to a different metropolis and after that his cellular phone remained switched off, the report added.

The PIA station supervisor in Toronto knowledgeable the Toronto airport authorities that Yasir had gone to a different metropolis.

An investigation into the matter has been launched by the PIA administration, the report stated. PTI


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