Fake licenses: FIA to take action against 50 pilots

Fake licenses: FIA to take action against 50 pilots

The federal government on Saturday ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to start criminal proceedings against the 50 commercial pilots whose licenses were suspended after an inquiry into a plane crash in Karachi and whose licenses could not be verified.

In a written statement, the government told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that 172 of the 262 pilots – whose licenses were declared dubious during an investigation into May 22 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash – have been cleared after their verification.

It said licenses of 50 of the pilots have, however, been cancelled as these licenses could not be verified. The federal cabinet has also approved the summary for cancellation of these licenses.

The government told the IHC that the matter of fake licenses has now been referred to the FIA which will soon start criminal proceedings against these 50 pilots. It said none of the pilots holding a fake license will be given any relief under Article 199.

On May 22, a PIA plane crashed in a densely populated residential area of Karachi a few kilometers from the runway while on a second approach after a failed landing. Of the 91 passengers and 8 crewmembers, 97 were killed.