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CAA clears 18 pilots serving in Malaysia

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

24th Jul, 2020. 04:00 pm
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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday cleared eighteen pilots serving in Malaysia after the matter of dubious licences.

As per details, the CAA has now cleared 18 more pilots working in Malaysia and has termed their licenses as original.

CAA informed the concerned authorities of regarding the clearance of pilots after which they issued notification reinstating the pilots.

The Malaysian CAA had asked Pakistan’s aviation authority to verify the licenses of those 18 pilots.

The countries which grounded the Pakistani pilots and asked the Aviation Division to verify their credentials included the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Turkey and Bahrain.

Earlier the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) suspended licenses of 34 more pilots of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for holding fake degrees.

According to a notification issued by the CAA, licenses will remain suspended till the inquiry against the pilots has not been completed.

Separately, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ordered its member states to bar Pakistani pilots from working.

According to the details, EASA has asked its member countries for details of Pakistani pilots. The letter sent to the member states by EASA stated that the CAA has revealed irregularities in the issuance of 40% of licences.

Moreover, EASA in its letter recommended member states ‘not to schedule such pilots for operations performed under their TCO consideration’.

The letter stated that this is a matter of concern in the aviation industry. It further stated that complaints have been received about fake licences in contravention of international rules and regulations.

A month earlier, Pakistan said it would ground 262 airline pilots whose credentials may have been falsified after global airlines body International Air Transport Association said that irregularities found in pilot licences at PIA represent a ‘serious lapse’ in safety controls.

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