US bars Pakistani flights after pilot-license scandal

Washington, July 15

The United States downgraded the security ranking of Pakistan’s aviation system and can block Pakistan’s airways from launching service to the US.

The transfer introduced on Wednesday follows revelations that just about one-third of Pakistan’s pilots cheated on exams however nonetheless obtained licenses from the nation’s civil-aviation authority.

The US Federal Aviation Administration stated that it put Pakistan in a so-called class 2 ranking, which suggests airways from Pakistan can’t begin new flights to the US.

Also, US airways can’t promote seats on Pakistani flights, a observe referred to as code-sharing that’s widespread amongst different worldwide airways.

There at the moment aren’t any recurrently scheduled flights between the US and Pakistan.

The FAA stated Pakistan’s aviation system doesn’t adjust to security requirements set by the United Nations aviation authority, the International Civil Aviation Organization. The FAA didn’t element the shortcomings.

The scandal over pilot licenses in Pakistan emerged from an investigation right into a crash in May in Karachi that killed 97 individuals. The inquiry decided that 260 of 860 pilots in Pakistan cheated on their pilot assessments however nonetheless received licenses.

The state service, Pakistan International Airlines, stated it fired 28 pilots discovered to have tainted licenses. The authorities fired 5 officers of the civil aviation company and is contemplating legal costs.

The European Union’s counterpart to the FAA has banned Pakistan International Airlines from flying to Europe for no less than six months. AP

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