One In Three Pilots In Pakistan Are Flying With Fake Licenses, Investigation Reveals

A third of all pilots in Pakistan are flying with fake licences after paying people to sit their exam for them, it has been revealed.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Ghulam Sargar Khan, the country's aviation minister, announced the shocking find amid a probe into the Karachi plane crash which killed 97 people in May.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Out of 860 pilots currently licenced in Pakistan, investigators identified 262 who 'did not take the exam themselves' and 'don't have flying experience', he said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Pakistan International Airlines, the airline which operated the crashed plane, has today grounded 150 of its pilots who are suspected of having cheated their way through their exam.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Abdullah Hafeez, a spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, said the airline is now in the process of sacking the pilots.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

'We will make it sure that unqualified pilots never fly aircraft again,' he said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Khan made the revelation about licences while presenting preliminary findings to parliament of a probe into the Airbus A320 crash last month.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Pakistan Airlines flight 8303 flight from Lahore crashed as it attempted to land in Karachi on May 22.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The pilots had aborted one landing and were going around for a second attempt when the aircraft dropped into a residential area, killing 97 of the 99 on board.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Announcing the results of a preliminary investigation Wednesday, Khan said 'overconfident' pilot Sajjad Gull had attempted to land with the wheels up.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

He said Gull and his copilot were 'distracted' and talking about coronavirus during the botched landing.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

'The [virus] was on their minds. Their families were affected and they were having a discussion about it,' Khan said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The pair had turned autopilot off and ignored repeated warnings from air traffic control that they were descending too fast and from too great an altitude.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Previous analysis of black box recordings also suggest Gull ignored alarms that were sounding in the cockpit as he made the failed landing.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Air traffic control saw the plane's engines scrape the runway, leaving them damaged, but did not warn the pilot before the plane pulled back into the sky, Khan said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Both engines then failed, causing the crash.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The report found that the aircraft itself was '100 percent fit for flying', despite being grounded for 46 days prior amid coronavirus lockdown.

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