June 25, 2020 / 12:30 PM / 10 days ago

Pakistan pilot licence irregularities are 'serious lapse' - IATA

FILE PHOTO: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane prepares to land at Islamabad airport in Islamabad February 24, 2007. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Irregularities found in pilot licences at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) represent a “serious lapse” in safety controls, global airlines body IATA said on Thursday after the carrier grounded one third of its pilots.

“We are following reports from Pakistan regarding fake pilot licences, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator,” an IATA spokesman said, adding that the organisation was seeking more information.

Pakistan’s civil aviation authority has found that some 150 of PIA’s 434 pilots have “dubious licences”, the airline said.

An inquiry into a PIA crash that killed 97 people last month has pointed to pilots not following procedures.

Reporting by Laurence Frost; editing by Jason Neely

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