CAA, EASA discuss fake license scandal over phone

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has sought license details from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the suspected pilots possessing fake licenses.

According to the details, a teleconference meeting was held between the EASA and CAA which was also attended by Director General (DG) and Deputy DG of the regulatory authority.

Moreover, officials from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency attended the meeting from European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels.

According to sources, the DG CAA clarified the questions of the European authorities and briefed them on the investigation regarding the issue of suspicious licenses. According to aviation sources, the procedure for issuance of civil aviation license was also explained.

According to sources, EASA has requested for details of the pilots’ license from the CAA along with the report by July 21.

It may be recalled that on June 30, the EASA suspended Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) air operations permit for European countries for six months after the case of Pakistani pilots with suspicious licenses came to light. The United Kingdom (UK) also banned the arrival of PIA flights following the EASA ban, while the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) had recently grounded all Pakistani pilots following reports of suspicious licenses.

Malaysia also temporarily suspended Pakistani pilots, while the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Civil Aviation Authority wrote a letter to Pakistani authorities to check the suspicious licenses of Pakistani pilots.

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