KARACHI: National airline PIA has decided to ground all pilots with suspected licenses.
According to a PIA spokesman, 150 pilots with suspected licenses have been barred from flying the aircraft and pilots who verify their licenses will be taken on duty.
The spokesman said grounding such a large number of pilots would affect PIA flight operations but flight safety and passenger safety were above commercial interests.
The spokesman said that six pilots with fake degrees have already been fired.
It is to be noted that after the investigation report came to light after the incident that took place in Karachi on May 22, it has been decided to verify the licenses of the PIA pilots who have suspected licenses.
On May 22, a national airline flight PK8303 crashed into a crowd near Jinnah International Airport, killing 97 people while two others miraculously survived.
The Prime Minister and the concerned authorities later ordered an inquiry into every aspect of the accident.
On May 26, 11 Airbus technical advisers arrived in Karachi from France to investigate the crash. They gathered all the necessary evidence from the scene and inspected the runway, after which the investigation team left for France on June 1.