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#16 [Permalink] Posted on 24th June 2020 09:45
Pakistan plane crashed killing 97 because pilots were not 'focused' due to coronavirus, says minister

An initial probe into the plane crash near Karachi last month that killed 97 people has found the pilots did not properly carry out a set of procedures and were not "focused" because of coronavirus, Pakistan's aviation minister has said.

Investigators put the crash down to human error, blaming negligence from both the pilots and air traffic controllers, rather than any technical fault, Ghulam Sarwar Khan told parliament on Wednesday.

He said the Airbus A320 was "100 per cent fit" to fly at the time of the crash, which killed all but two of the 99 people on board.

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#17 [Permalink] Posted on 24th June 2020 10:19
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PIA has been threatened with ban from flying in the EU in the past. For a poor safety record.

Would not surprise me if they just decided to channel the blame in direction of the pilots as a form of deflection. To avoid a ban.

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#18 [Permalink] Posted on 24th June 2020 13:30
In the days to come there will be speculation that PIA threw the pilot under the bus for the incident, but even as the news first broke of the crash it seemed very likely that the pilot committed at the very least, if not a technical mistake, an error of judgement.

They do have the cockpit recording of the pilots conversation prior to the crash, I am guessing that will get "leaked" in the coming days.

That's not to say that PIA is blameless. After all it's PIA itself that is very lax not only about safety of the planes, but also about the proper vetting of the pilots that are employed. The institution is rotten to the core and all those years of mishandling of affairs is now coming to haunt them.
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#19 [Permalink] Posted on 25th June 2020 20:43
www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53182750

Pakistani pilots grounded over 'fake licences'

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has grounded 150 pilots over claims they may not hold a valid licence.

Pakistan's aviation minister told parliament on Wednesday that a large number of commercial pilots hold fake licences or cheated in exams.

It comes as an initial report into a PIA crash that killed 97 people last month found the cause to be human error by the pilot and air traffic control.

Pakistan has a chequered aviation safety record with a number of crashes.

Aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan shared the findings of an initial report into May's crash on Wednesday, but also referred to a wider government probe, which had been launched after a different crash.

Following the 2018 crash, it was discovered that the test date on the pilot's licence was a public holiday, suggesting that testing could not have taken place on that day.

Mr Khan said investigations had found that more than 260 of the country's 860 active pilots had either fake licences or had cheated in their exams.

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A PIA spokesman confirmed to AFP news agency that the probe found about 150 of its 434 pilots had "either bogus or suspicious licences".

"We have decided to ground those 150 pilots with bogus licences with immediate effect," he said.

Some flights may be cancelled as a result, the airline said .

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said the irregularities found in pilot licences at the airline represent a "serious lapse" in safety controls.

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