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PAK | Oct 14, 2020

Over 30% of pilots in Pakistan are not qualified to fly and have fake licences

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By Al Edwards

Shocking!!

Just imagine that the pilot flying the aircraft you are in has no clue how to operate it. That’s enough to send shivers down your spine.

According to Pakistan’s Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, more than 30 per cent of civilian pilots in Pakistan, roughly one in every three, are not qualified to fly and have fake licences.

He unveiled this information in the National Assembly, further adding that more than 260 pilots had paid an experienced aviator to take their exams for them.

There are more than 850 pilots flying commercial airlines in Pakistan.

Earlier this year the country’s main carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashed an Airbus A320 flying from Lahore to Karachi killing 97 passengers and crew members. The pilots lost control and the plane tumbled into a suburban area.

“…The pilots were discussing corona throughout the flight. They were not focused.”

Pakistan Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

So what exactly happened? What caused this normally reliable aircraft to fall out of the sky?

Speaking in Pakistan’s parliament, Khan said: “The pilot ignored the instructions of the air traffic controllers and the ATC, on the other hand, did not inform the pilot about the engine colliding… the pilots were discussing corona throughout the flight. They were not focused. They talked about corona… their families were affected. When the control tower asked him to increase the plane’s height, the pilot said, ‘I’ll manage’. There was overconfidence.”

PIA has grounded all its pilots with fake licences with immediate effect.

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