The European Union aviation safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday suspended flights authorization for six months to Pakistani airlines vision air international and is the pride of the country, Pakistan International airlines (PIA). Suspension from July 1, comes after the Pakistani Minister of aviation said last week that the official inspection it was found that the country’s 262 860 active pilots holding fake licence or cheated on exams.
More than half of those pilots belonged to Pia, prompting the airline immediately land 141 of his 434 pilots. EASA, who said that his decision to bar Pia for six months was associated with a “large share” of pilot licenses invalid.
The Agency also stated that it had taken action because of concerns about the country’s ability to ensure compliance with international standards in aviation at all times.
Over the last few months, Pia flew only limited international flights because of the epidemic of the coronavirus. But when he resumed in last month one of its flights suffered a devastating collapse that killed 98 people. The accident was attributed to human error as the pilots were distracted, talking about the coronavirus when they first tried to land the Airbus A320, without putting his wheels down.
Plans to appeal
Pia has promised to take corrective measures and to appeal the decision, saying that he expected that the suspension was raised to “near”, as the airline will ask for help from the government.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said in Parliament that his government would reform the Pia and other state institutions. “I want to tell my people: we have no other alternative, reform is inevitable,” Khan said on Tuesday.
Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, one of the leaders of the opposition party, the Pakistani people, said that the problems of Pia “to put the country’s reputation at stake.”
“The European Union’s decision is the result of consistent stupid incompetent rulers,” said Ahmed in a statement.
Until 1970-ies, Pia was considered one of the leading airlines in the region, but his reputation fell sharply on the background of chronic mismanagement, frequent cancellations and financial difficulties.
SKG/Sri (AFP, Reuters)
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