RAWALPINDI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has declared 180 out of 262 pilots, who were suspected of having dubious licenses, ‘qualified to fly’.
The inquiry report submitted to the Cabinet Division revealed this. The probe report tells that 82 pilots were involved in minor misconduct in their exams, therefore either their licenses will be cancelled or they will be suspended for one year.
Inquiries were initiated against 262 out of 860 pilots serving in domestic and international airlines of Pakistan International Airline, after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar had claimed that more than two hundred pilots had not taken aviation exams themselves.
In July the following year, the Civil Aviation Authority had validated credentials of 166 Pakistani pilots, out of 176, as ‘genuine and certified’ on the requests received from ten countries.
This was stated by spokesman of the Aviation Division Abdul Sattar Khokhar in a press statement in Islamabad. He had said the process for remaining ten pilots would soon be concluded.
A large number of countries including the European Union, United Kingdom, United States and others had banned Pakistan International Airline flights from Pakistan after controversy regarding pilots holding fake licenses surfaced.