Three aviation officials fired over pilot licensing scandal

Aviation authorities probing allegations of suspicious licences of PIA pilots and involvement of some officials of the Civil Aviation Authority in the scandal have sacked three CAA officials.

CAA officials fired

Three Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials have been fired for involvement in the license scandal by the Aviation authorities investigating allegations of suspected licenses of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots.

A fourth official obtained a restraining order from the court. A senior official told Media that initially five officials from the Aviation and Licensing Branch were suspended and issued notices of reasons for their alleged involvement in the scandal.

Senior CAA officials fired for involvement in license scandal

Later, after the completion of the proceedings, 3 of them were sacked, 2 out of 3 senior officers were sacked by the Director of CAA and the third was sacked by the Additional Director.

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He also said that the five suspended officials included two senior joint directors (licensing), a senior superintendent and two assistants. The aviation department had referred the cases of the five CAA officials to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for criminal investigation against them. However, the FIA has not yet completed the inquiry.

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Meanwhile, the authorities have completed the process of verifying the licenses of 262 pilots from their personal manual data and a report in this regard will be presented in the cabinet meeting. Aviation authorities have placed the pilots in a category where some may have their flying licenses revoked and some may be cleared, including those who violated the “rest period”.

GVS News Desk with additional input by other sources


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