ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Wednesday said that the recent Karachi plane crash incident took place because the pilots were not focused and they were discussing coronavirus throughout the travel.
“I heard the conversation of last half an hour through voice recorder and found out that they were discussing coronavirus during travelling as one of the pilots’ family was affected of it,” said Ghulam Sarwar while speaking during the National Assembly session in Islamabad.
He said both the pilots were experienced and medically fit for flying plane and the plane was completely fine. “Because of pilot and co-pilot’s overconfidence and not being focused we had to face the disaster. They changed it from auto landing to manual. They had to come at 40 degrees but they landed at 60 degrees,” he said adding that cabin crew and air control tower were also to be blamed for the tragedy.
The complete report on the incident would be furnished later this year, he said.
The aviation minister said the pilot and air traffic controller (ATC) did not follow the procedure. When the plane touched the ground without landing gear the control tower should have warned them, he maintained. The ATC did not inform about the scratches engine had received, he relayed.
Ghulam Sarwar said performance and qualification of pilots and other staff needed to be checked. He said upon inquiry they had found that four PIA pilots had fake educational degrees.
“The issue of fake educational certificates is prevalent in almost all the public institutes including the parliament,” he said.
He said the government had started action against all those working without qualification and nobody would be spared neither any political influence would hurt the process. Action would be taken across the board, he maintained.
The minister said licenses of 30 percent pilots were fake and they did not take exams themselves.