ISLAMABAD (Web Desk): The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ‘acknowledged’ the preliminary report of the Karachi plane crash that left 97 people dead, saying that it would ground all pilots with “dubious licenses”.
“PIA acknowledges the AAIB report and have already taken measures learning from it. An independent Flight Data Monitoring setup established to monitor and analyse all flights. All pilots with dubious licenses will be grounded. Safety is more imp. than any commercial interest,” tweeted the national flag bearer on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the national carrier said it had grounded 15 pilots amid an inquiry that they hold “dubious” licences. “We have asked the Civil Aviation Authority to send the list of the remaining licenses,” the spokesperson said.
“We acknowledge the report and are working on making our standard better,” the spokesperson added.
The announcement from the airline came a few hours after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan presented the Karachi plane crash preliminary report in the Parliament.
The report held the pilots and the Air Traffic Control (ATC) responsible for the incident, stating that the cockpit crew did not seem focused on the job and were thinking about the coronavirus instead.