Vietnam grounds Pakistani pilots over fake license fears

Vietnamese authorities, on Monday, announced their decision to ground Pakistani pilots over fake licenses fears.

According to Vietnam’s aviation authority, all Pakistani pilots, working for local Vietnamese airlines have been grounded.

“The head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has ordered a suspension for all Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airlines,” read the statement issued by Vietnamese officials.

As per the details, 12 Pakistani pilots out of a total of 27, were active in Vietnam, whereas others were inactive or had their licenses expired amid COVID-19 crisis.

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11 Pakistani pilots were associated with Vietjet Aviation, meanwhile one pilot was working for Jetstar Pacific. 

Vietnam’s aviation industry is heavily dependent on foreign pilots with half of its total 1,260 pilots holding foreign nationalities.

The development comes as Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has also grounded its 150 pilots until further investigation after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan had revealed that 262 pilots, out of total 860 in the country have fake degrees and licenses.