There is only one major airline in the world I would not fly right now and that is Pakistan International Airlines. Harrowing revelations about forged pilot licenses should be a wake-up call for world governments to blacklist PIA until this systemic problem is resolved.
30% Of Active Pilots In Pakistan May Have Fake Licenses
In what can only be described as a mind-boggling confession, Pakistan’s Minister for Aviation has revealed that 262 of 860 active pilots (30%) are not really certified to fly. As many as 40% of all “pilots” in Pakistan are not certified.
It appears that many “pilots” have sent in others to take exams for them, forged flying hours, and thus lack the experience to be entrusted with an aircraft (let alone the lives of others).
There’s a political twist to the problem, as “pilots were also appointed on political basis, unfortunately merit was ignored while appointing pilots.”
An investigation has already launched against 54 pilots and the credentials of all pilots will now be checked. Nine pilots, including four from PIA, have already confessed to holding fake degrees. Some pilots are challenging the notices.
For Our Protection, It’s Time To Blacklist PIA
We shut the world down over COVID-19, a deadly but unknown virus. This, if I can analogize, is a deadly and known virus! Airlines have been blacklisted for far less (often for political reasons or questionable maintenance). I cannot understand why PIA has not been immediately banned from many nations until this issue is sorted.
I flew on PIA with One Mile at a Time from Manchester to New York four years ago. We had an interesting flight (to put it mildly). The hospitality was so warm and kind, though. I hope Pakistan can get to the bottom of this and ensure that its skies and its airlines are safe.
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Yesterday I wrote about the pilot error that led to the crash of PK8303. It is not yet clear whether either of the pilots of that flight had fake or questionable credentials to fly. But does it matter? Such a revelation by a nation’s aviation minister should raise alarms to the degree that PIA and other Pakistani airlines (Air Blue and Serene Air) are blacklisted until a thorough investigation is complete.
What do you think? Would banning PIA be an overreaction or a necessary reaction to the fake pilot revelations?