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Pakistan pilot licences issue represents 'serious lapse' in safety controls, says IATA

Pakistan's civil aviation authority has found that some 150 of PIA's 434 pilots have "dubious licences", the airline said

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Pakistan pilot licences issue represents 'serious lapse' in safety controls, says IATA

Irregularities found in pilot licences at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) represent a "serious lapse" in safety controls, global airlines body IATA said on Thursday after the carrier grounded one third of its pilots.

"We are following reports from Pakistan regarding fake pilot licences, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator," an IATA spokesman said, adding that the organisation was seeking more information.

Pakistan's civil aviation authority has found that some 150 of PIA's 434 pilots have "dubious licences", the airline said. An inquiry into a PIA crash that killed 97 people last month has pointed to pilots not following procedures.

Also read: 40% of Pakistani pilots hold fake flying licences: Pak aviation minister

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