Karachi: Pakistani authorities said on Thursday that they have confirmed the qualifications of almost all Pakistani pilots working in foreign airlines because the country is fighting a scandal involving pilot licenses.
Airlines in 10 countries/regions require Pakistani pilots to obtain a valid flight license certificate because one-third of the pilots of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) hold “forged or suspicious” licenses.
In total, foreign airlines require 176 Pakistani pilot certificates.
Of these, 166 “have been validated as genuine and certified by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Pakistan as having no anomaly,” the agency said in a statement.
The “process for the remaining 10 shall be concluded by next week,” it added.
Pakistan’s aviation minister revealed a suspected permit for about 260 pilots last month, which caused a sensation throughout the industry.
About 150 airlines work for the state-owned PIA, accounting for almost a third of the airline’s 434 pilots.
A month ago, a PIA plane crashed into a house in Karachi, killing 98 people.
Investigators blamed the pilot on the crash, although they all held valid licenses.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the 10 airlines requesting Pakistani pilot licenses are from Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.