Pakistan to ground 262 pilots with ‘dubious’ credentials, says aviation minister

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane prepares to take-off at Alama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. (File photo)

Pakistan will ground 262 airline pilots whose credentials may have been falsified, the country’s aviation minister said on Friday.

The pilots in the line of fire included 141 from Pakistan International Airlines, nine from Air Blue and 10 from Serene Airline, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said.

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The rest of the 262 belong to flying clubs or chartered plane services, he said. He said all the airlines and the clubs had been c onveyed that: “Their credentials are dubious, and they shouldn’t be allowed to fly.”

PIA said on Thursday it would ground pilots with “dubious” licenses.

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Last Update: Friday, 26 June 2020 KSA 17:36 - GMT 14:36