Pakistan says ICAO withdraws safety objection after pilot scandal
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Pakistan says ICAO withdraws safety objection after pilot scandal

Pakistan says ICAO withdraws safety objection after pilot scandal

– In the wake of the bogus pilot licence controversy in 2020, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) declared Pakistan’s civil aviation authority has addressed major safety issues.

At the end of June 2020, Pakistan grounded 262 airline pilots who were accused of cheating on necessary licence examinations, which resulted in the suspension of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flag carrier from European and American airspace.

Pakistan says ICAO withdraws safety objection after pilot scandal

Pakistan says ICAO withdraws safety objection after pilot scandal

“Saifullah Khan, a spokesperson for Pakistan’s civil aviation authority, said the ICAO had dropped its objections due to serious safety concerns.

 

There was no quick response from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations aviation organisation.

 

The scandal broke when a PIA airliner crashed in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 97 people in May of 2020. L1N2SY0JB

 

A total of 262 pilots, the great majority of whom flew commercial aircraft, were charged by Pakistani authorities of cheating on their required examinations to become a pilot.

 

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requested Pakistan to immediately fix the situation and halt the issue of new pilot licences after the controversy,

 

A ten-day audit in Pakistan by an ICAO committee comprised of nine members was completed at the beginning of December.

 

According to Pakistan’s aviation authorities, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concluded that Pakistan’s efforts had satisfactorily addressed key safety issues.”

 

The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) expressed optimism that pilot licences will be issued again by the beginning of February.

 

A statement from PIA cited CEO Arshad Malik as saying that the ICAO decision was a great milestone for Pakistani aviation and would open the door for the restart of PIA flights to the UK and other European countries.

 

 

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