The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has submitted a report to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on the issue of fake degrees and licenses of Pakistani pilots.
According to the details of Baaghi TV, the regulatory authority, while submitting the report to the Supreme Court, said that 1,934 licenses were issued to pilots of all airlines. Out of the 1,934 valid licenses, 450 were from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), 47 from SereneAir, 87 from Airblue and 1,350 others.
According to the report submitted in SCP, CAA informed that educational degrees of six pilots of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and two of Shaheen Air were fake. The Board of Inquiry (BOI) identified the suspected licenses of 262 pilots who did not take part in the mandatory test.
The report further states that BOI identified 262 suspected pilots, including 54 pilots earlier suspended by Civil Aviation, who had access to the CAA computerized Technical Examination System.
The report also explained the procedural irregularities highlighted by the BOI such as:
- Pilots not having attempted papers on a scheduled date/time
- CAA examination server being accessed from a different IP address or by a different user name/password
- Pilot flight logbook indicating that the pilots concerned were operating flight on the scheduled date of papers.
The regulatory authority explained that it forwarded a summary to the federal cabinet for the cancellation of licence of 28 of the 54 pilots who had earlier been suspended in exercise of the power conferred under CAA Rules, 1994.
A summary for revocation of licenses of 28 pilots has been sent to the federal government, while suspension orders have been issued for 34 of the 208 pilots with suspicious licenses with a right to appeal before forwarding the summary to the federal government.
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