Airblue grounds two pilots over dubious licenses scam
Airblue Monday said as per the list provided by Aviation Division, two Airblue captains with suspected licenses have been grounded, 24NewsHD TV Channel reported.
The grounded cockpit and cabin crew includes a captain and a first officer.
The seven captains provided in the Airblue list are not present in the Airblue at the moment. The other suspected captains left the Airblue two and a half years ago, the spokesperson of the airline said.
Airblue in a statement issued on Twitter said ”Airblue is Pakistan's largest private sector airline currently employing 87 Pilots 43 Captains and 44 First Officers.”
“The Aviation Division, Government of Pakistan, has provided names of 2 Airblue Pilots, 1 Captain and 1 First Officer, who are suspected of having used unfair means in their Airline Transport Pilots License (ATPL) examinations conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority,” Airblue spokesperson said.
The Airblue Airlines Spokesperson said, ‘As per the instructions of the Aviation Division in view of flight safety and security concerns, both these pilots have been grounded with immediate effect till the completion of formal proceedings under the Civil Aviation Rules, 1994. The CAA will provide an opportunity to both these pilots under the Civil Aviation Rules to clarify their position.”
Flight safety is the primary concern for Airblue and the airline remains committed to meeting all international standards of airline flight operations, the airline said.