PIA pilot whose plane crashed in 2016 is now on list of fake licence holders

By: News Desk      Published: 09:55 PM, 27 Jun, 2020
PIA pilot whose plane crashed in 2016 is now on list of fake licence holders
First Officer Ahmed Mansoor Janjua.–File photo

As the Aviation Ministry is extremely busy these days identifying and grounding the pilots who allegedly have fake licences, it has put the name of Captain Ahmed Mansoor Janjua, who was the First Officer on the PIA plane which crashed in Havelian in 2016, on the list of suspected fake licence holders.

Captain Mansoor Janjua was a public-private licence (PPL) licence holder. The ATR plane he was flying had crashed near Havelian on its way from Chitral to Islamabad in 2016. In its initial report, the government had blamed the crash on a technical fault in the plane.

There are many mistakes in the list of pilots with fake licences being compiled by the Aviation Ministry. For example, the list does not have personal numbers of the pilots. Also, it contains names of many pilots who are not in service anymore and they retired sometime ago.

Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said earlier this week that 262 pilots, out of total 860 in the country, have suspicious flying licences and would be grounded immediately.