Over 30% of civilian pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses and are not able to fly, the nation’s aviation minister revealed Wednesday.
Addressing to Pakistan’s National Assembly, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 262 pilots in the country “didn’t take the exam themselves” and had paid another person to sit it on their behalf.
“They don’t have flying experience,” he said.
Pakistan has 860 dynamic pilots serving its residential aircrafts – including the nation’s Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flagship — as well as a number of foreign carriers, Khan said.
PIA has grounded all its pilots who hold fake licenses, effective immediately.
“PIA acknowledges that fake licenses isn’t only a PIA issue yet spread over the whole Pakistani aircraft industry,” representative Abdullah Khan stated, adding that some of the fake pilots also fly for foreign carriers.
The consequences of the examination were declared Wednesday as a component of a primer report into a plane accident that killed 97 individuals in the southern city of Karachi on May 22. The PIA plane smashed subsequent to taking off from Lahore, killing all but two of the passengers and crew on board.
Khan did not clarify if the two pilots on flight PK 8303 held fake licenses.
As per the report, the pilots were chatting about the coronavirus and more than once ignored warnings from air traffic controllers before the plane went down in a local location close to the air terminal.
“The pilots were talking about crown all through the flight. They were not engaged. They discussed the coronavirus and how their families were influenced,” Khan said, adding that the pilots were “overconfident.”
As indicated by Khan, the pilots were told multiple times via air traffic controllers that the plane was excessively high and they ought not to endeavor to land, “but the captain did not pay any heed to these instructions.”
The pilots proceeded with trying to land — without lowering the landing gear.
“The airplane contacted the runway surface on its motors,” the report said. The engines scrubbed the runway, causing sparks and irreparable damage. The pilots pulled the plane go into the air, but the damaged engines failed and caused the plane accident, as indicated by the report.