Fake pilot gang busted in Pakistan, 5 officials held

Three cases have been registered against 49 people, including 40 pilots and eight officials.

Fake pilot gang busted in Pakistan, 5 officials held
Pakistan International Airline Boeing 777-200LR. Image courtesy - Instagram @totalaviation

The aviation industry in Pakistan is already in shambles with the lack of trained pilots and the absence of modern technology to match the international standards. Now, a new scam has emerged which may push its image further down. 

Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested five officers of the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for issuing fake licenses to 40 pilots in Sindh. 

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FIA Director Munir Sheikh told media persons that a written complaint was sent regarding fake Commercial Pilot and Air Transport Pilot licenses being issued.

Three cases have been registered against 49 people, including 40 pilots and eight officials of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). 

The pilots were appointed on the basis of “fake pilot license exams” which were conducted on holidays, weekends, or after office hours, the complaint said. 

The pilots and officers have been charged under Section 5(2) (criminal conduct) of the Prevention Of Corruption Act, 1947 and the following sections of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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Pakistan International Airlines was heavily criticized last year after one of its planes came down in a Karachi neighbourhood, killing 98 people.

Later, it emerged that dozens of pilots may have been holding fake or dubious licenses, leading the US and EU to temporarily bar the airline from its airspace.

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