The Worldwide Civil Aviation Group (ICAO) has suggested Pakistan to undertake “immediate corrective actions” and droop the issuance of any new pilot licences within the wake of a scandal over falsified licenses, in keeping with an official and a doc seen by Reuters.
The suggestions from ICAO, a specialised company of the United Nations that works to make sure security in worldwide air transport, come days after a legal probe was opened into 50 pilots and 5 civil aviation officers who allegedly helped them falsify credentials to safe pilot licences.
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“Pakistan should improve and strengthen its licencing system to ensure that it takes into account all necessary processes and procedures and prevents inconsistencies and malpractices before new licences are issued and privileges of suspended licences are re-established,” mentioned ICAO, in a beforehand unreported letter to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) final week.
A Pakistani aviation ministry official instructed Reuters that no new licences have been issued since July, within the wake of the scandal.
The Montreal-based company’s suggestions come forward of an ICAO audit to evaluate Pakistan’s aviation security administration methods.
The ICAO audit, initially scheduled for November this 12 months, has been moved to June, successfully giving the PCAA extra time to work on reforms, the official mentioned.
A PCAA spokesman didn’t reply to a request for remark.
An ICAO consultant declined to touch upon particular particulars, however mentioned in an electronic mail that ICAO is “helping Pakistan to recognise concerns, and if they do not take swift action on them we will actively notify other countries about them.”
The pilot scandal has tainted the aviation business and damage flag provider Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA), which has been barred from flying into Europe and america.
Along with revoking the licences of 50 pilots, Pakistan has additionally suspended one other 32 pilots for a 12 months.