By Purvi Jain
Pakistan’s Aviation Minister revealed on Wednesday that more than 30% of civilian pilots of Pakistan are having a fake license and are not at all qualified to fly.
While addressing Pakistan’s national assembly, Ghulam Sarwan Khan told that 262 pilots of the country have not given exams rather paid someone else to sit on their behalf.
He stated, “They don’t have flying experience.”
Khan told that Pakistan has 860 active pilots in total in domestic airlines including the PIA flagship.
The PIA found all pilots who had fake licenses with immediate effect.
Khan also said adding some also fly for foreign carriers that, “PIA acknowledges that fake license is not just a PIA issue but spread across the entire Pakistani Airline industry.”
The results of the investigation were announced on Wednesday as a report into a plane crash killing 97 people in Southern Karachi on 22nd May. It crashed after taking off from Lahore, killing all but two of the passenger and crew on board. Volunteers look for survivors in the Karachi plane crash.
It was not clarified that the pilots on flight PK 8303 have fake licenses.
As per the report, pilots were continuously chatting about coronavirus and ignored the warning from the air traffic controller before the plane went into a residential area near the airport.
Khan added pilots were overconfident and told, “The pilots were discussing corona throughout the flight. They were not focused. They talked about the coronavirus and how their families were affected.”
As per Khan, the pilots were told thrice that they were too high to land and shouldn’t land but “The captain didn’t pay any heed to these instructions.”
The pilot processed with landing without lowering the landing gear.
A report says “The aircraft touched the runway surface on its engine.” Sparkles and irreplaceable damage was caused as engines scrubbed the runway.
As per the report, pilots pulled backplane into the air but the damaged engine failed to cause the plane crash.