EU Bans Pakistan’s National Airline Over Exam Cheating

EU Bans Pakistan’s National Airline Over Exam Cheating

01/07/2020 0 By M Zaman

The European Union’s aviation safety agency announces that Pakistan’s national airline will not allow to fly into Europe. As, EU temporarily bans Pakistan’s national airline (PIA) over exam cheating.

This ban will last for at least six months after the country’s aviation minister admits that nearly a third of Pakistani pilots had cheated during their pilot’s exams.

Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said “PIA has not been flying to Europe because of the pandemic. But the airline had hoped to resume its flights to Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Barcelona and Milan within the next two months”. According to EuroNews reports.

“It is hurting us really bad,” he said of the pilots scandal.

An inquiry launched for Airbus A320 crash during May 22, 2020 that killed 97 people at the southern port city of Karachi.

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Reveals that, there were 260 out of 860 pilots in Pakistan cheated during their exams to obtain Civil Aviation Authority licenses.

The government has since fired five officials of the regulatory agency. Criminal charges are still under consideration.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said in a letter announcing the ban that it was “concerned about the validity of the Pakistani pilot licenses and that Pakistan, as the State of operator, is currently not capable to certify and oversee its operators and aircraft in accordance with applicable international standards.”

Since, one of the the major incidences in PIA’s history. The airline is now downgraded to just one-star airline, as Airline Rating reveals.

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AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said, “clearly there needs to be an investigation into possible bribery and falsifying related to the pilot licenses.”

“This is deeply disturbing as the IOSA audit and ICAO country audit should pick this up,” Mr. Thomas said.

In a statement, IATA said; “We are following reports from Pakistan regarding fake pilot licenses, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator. We are trying to obtain more information on the matter.”

There are fear that EU ban will affect PIA flights to the UK and Canada.

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