Pilots with fake degrees flew PIA planes

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ISLAMABAD: Secretary Defence and PIA Chairman Asif Yasin Malik has sacked four pilots over their fake degrees, the National Assembly’s special committee was told on Thursday. Captain Fahim and Captain Arshad, who have flown the airplanes of former presidents, are also among the sacked pilots.Asif Yasin Malik told the committee that fake degree holders were still working on high posts in PIA. He said the lack of an accountability system was the main cause behind corruption and mismanagement in PIA. He said after taking charge he sacked four pilots, who had flown airplanes for thousands of hours.

The PIA chairman told the committee that the national carrier is in debt to the tune of Rs152 billion, and an emergency grant of Rs25 billion has been sought from the government. He said it has been decided in principle to appoint inspectors on flights.

Asif Yasin said 25 out of a total 38 planes in the fleet are operational, so PIA is mulling over distancing itself from the Haj operation. He said PIA suffered a loss of Rs480 million in the Haj operation. He said PIA did not fix fares for the Haj operation, neither is any subsidy given in this regard, while the Indian government gives subsidy in Haj fares. “Anyone who can carry Haj pilgrims on cheaper fares is welcome to do so,” he said.

The NA committee was told that the engine of the plane in which the Chief Justice of Pakistan was travelling did not catch fire and the incident was misreported.

DG Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Martial (retd) Khalid Chaudhry presented the report about the incident.

According to the report, no foulplay occurred as the pilot of the plane tried thrice to start the engine and after the failure routine check was conducted. However, the report said, mismanagement was observed while disembarking the passengers from the plane, which was to fly from Karachi to Islamabad.

Khalid Chaudhry said the probe showed that the fuel tanks of the plane were filled and the plane was hot as it was parked in sunlight. He said any accidental fire could have engulfed the entire airport.


Courtesy: The News

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