CAA suspends licenses of 34 PIA pilots

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has suspended licenses of 34 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots over the issue of dubious credentials.

As per the notification issued by CAA, licenses of 34 pilots serving in PIA has been suspended over authenticity concerns.

According to CAA, the licenses will remain suspended until the conclusion of inquiry that has been launched to investigate the matter and determine the authenticity of pilots’ credentials.

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The development comes, as European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had earlier directed its member states to suspend Pakistani pilots working for them.

Prior to this, Malaysia and Vietnam had already announced to ground Pakistani pilots employed in the two countries, whereas UAE officials have also approached Pakistani authorities for the verification of Pakistani nationals working in the UAE aviation industry.

It is pertinent to know that Pakistan has been facing severe criticism after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan revealed that that around 40 per cent of the pilots serving in PIA have fake licenses, their appointments are political and they use proxies in examinations.