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Nearly 150 PIA pilots will be grounded on the suspicion of having “dubious licenses”

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be grounding nearly 150 out of its 426 pilots, in charge of suspicion that they hold “dubious” licences.

“PIA acknowledges the AAIB report and have already taken measures learning from it. An independent Flight Data Monitoring setup established to monitor and analyse all flights. All pilots with dubious licenses will be grounded. Safety is more imp. than any commercial interest,” tweeted the national airlines PIA on Wednesday. 

Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan revealed in the National Assembly on Wednesday that 262 pilots, out of total 860 in the country, have suspicious flying licences and urged that they should be grounded immediately.

He further informed that the government will issue them show cause and charge sheets. And they will not be allowed to fly any plane.

The decision was presented when an initial inquiry report was presented before the parliament by the aviation minister.