Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pakistan pilots fired over fake licenses

Pakistan's ongoing investigation into the fake pilot license scandal has led to the firing of 28 Pakistan International Airlines pilots.

There could yet be more sackings along with possible criminal proceedings, information minister Shibli Faraz said.

It was revealed last month that 262 out of 860 active pilots had bogus licenses.

Most were issued after other pilots were paid to take the pilot exam for them.

It affects the entire industry and not just the national airline.

"PIA acknowledges that fake licenses are not just a PIA issue but spread across the entire Pakistani airline industry," the airline said.

Faraz said criminal proceedings have started against officials at PIA and the civil aviation authority.

Last week the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) barred PIA from its airspace and other countries including Vietnam and Malaysia have temporarily grounded pilots with licenses issued in Pakistan.

Faraz said that all 'suspect licenses' were issued between 2010 and 2018.

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