Fake licenses: PIA sacks seven pilots, an airhostess

The Pakistan International Airlines has sacked seven of its pilots after their licenses were canceled by the Civil Aviation Authority.

A spokesman for PIA confirmed that the pilots, including an air hostess, have been sent termination letters. The CAA director-general issued license revocation letters after the government’s approval, the spokesman man added.

The Airline Transport Pilot licenses of 48 PIA pilots had been suspended earlier without show cause notices while they were given two weeks to file their reply. In the last week of June, the federal aviation minister said that 262 or 30% of Pakistan’s 860 pilots have “fake” licenses.

On Saturday, the Vietnam government had confirmed that all Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airlines had valid and legitimate licenses and none had been involved in a flight incident or safety threat.

Eralier, Vietnam’s aviation authority grounded all Pakistani pilots working for local airlines, amid concern from global regulators that some pilots may have been using “dubious” licences.

 

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