by on June 27, 2020

Pakistan airline terminated 150 pilots over fake licence & certificates fraud


Pakistan International Airlines has grounded a third of its pilots after an investigation found they cheated to get their licenses.

The inquiry found that out of a total of 860 pilots in the country, 262 had someone else sit their exams and another 82 were either underqualified or they forged their certificate.

The people who cheated were discovered after an investigation into a plane crash in May which killed 97 people. The crash was caused by human error .




Pakistani aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told Parliament that 262 of Pakistan's 860 active, licensed pilots had been found to have suspect licences.

"They were found not to have given their exams themselves," said Khan. "They give money and have a dummy candidate sit in their place."

On May 22, 98 people were killed when a PIA Airbus A320 crashed into a residential neighbourhood about 1.4km (0.9 miles) from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.

The initial investigation report, released by Khan on Wednesday, said "human error" by the aircraft's pilots and air traffic controllers was primarily to blame for the crash. 

The air accident investigation board's initial report found that the pilot involved in the May 22 crash had ignored three warnings from air traffic control regarding the aircraft's excessive altitude and speed during approach.

The aircraft attempted a landing without its landing gear in place, causing its engines to hit the runway three times before the pilot lifted off again, the report said.

On his second approach, the pilot reported that both engines - damaged by the impact with the runway - had failed. The aircraft crashed into a dense residential neighbourhood just short of the airport on its second approach, killing 97 of the 99 people on board.

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Pooja Gupta
June 27, 2020
Raavee Vats
For those unqualified pilots to actually get away with flying sectors they must have had cooperation from the legally qualified pilots. There is no way you could fake having not completed an ATPL and the type rating for a jet without the other qualified pilot realising almost immediately. And with t... View More
June 28, 2020