The revelations in the aftermath of the PK8303 crash earn a FAILING GRADE for the three International Audits- TIME for CHANGE???

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Pakistan International crash pilot error; pilot training?

Pakistan CAA determines that 150 PK pilots have fraudulent licenses

PCAA fires 5 senior civil servants involved in licensing

ICAO, EASA and FAA all found PCAA meeting standards

Time to reconstruct reviews of CAAs???

The crash of PK8303 revealed that a significant percentage of Pakistan’s national airline CHEATED to obtain the ATPs. The next release of information acknowledged that some of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (Urdu: پاکستان سول ہوا بازی کا اختیار‎) (abbreviated as PCAA) licensing officials were terminated ostensibly for misfeasance or malfeasance or nonfeasance.

There have been substantial disclosures of pilots trained to perform specific tasks may not have the full set of skills to be considered competent in all phases and unexpected events in flight. This problem has reached such acceptance and prominent profile that ICAO and even the US Senate have set a high priority for remedial action. The Pakistani pilots do not appear to have been tested at even a task-based standard.

There are three safety sieves which exist solely to identify deficiencies in the global system of civil aviation authorities—ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP), EASA’s “black list” (list of banned airlines) and the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA). Redundancy and the real efficacy of these self-anointed auditors have been questioned:

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Apologies for reposting 20+ articles on this very same issue, but the hypothesis of these analyses seems to have reached the QED status now. All three of the examiners found the PCAA to meet international standards:


usoap chart for PCAA


EASA airlines banned none from Pakistan

easa review of pakistan


FAA IASA found PCAA meets standards

IASA audit of PCAA


Below are the discouraging articles about PCAA and Pakistan International Airlines detailing aspects of the crash.

While reviewing these reports please consider if the ICAO, EU and FAA system of audits need be revised. The existing approach is NOT working.

  • The three auditors may have examined the PCAA pilot licensing curriculum, but any oversight of the actual application of those standards (needed to differentiate task-based v. competency) would consume inordinate time to reach a reliable standard.
  • Even if the review could include such details, would the assessment find the falsification of the testing process?
  • The end result of all three reviews is a list of problems; then the “experts” leave, and the “deficient” CAA staff has to correct the plans, processes, structure and standards given a failing grades. The context of these sessions needs to move from fault finding to collaborative problem solving and not with a quick “in and out” time horizon.
  • As noted in several of the above cited JDA Journal posts, there is more than a scintilla of evidence that pressures unrelated to safety influenced the final grade!!!


Pakistan plane crash was ‘human error’ – initial report 6/24

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They failed to follow protocol, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said, announcing the findings in parliament.

He also said the pilots were distracted while talking about coronavirus.







Pakistan to ground 150 pilots for cheating to get licenses 6/25

Pakistan’s state-run airline said Thursday it will ground 150 pilots, accusing them of obtaining licenses by having others take exams for them, an accusation that followed a probe into last month’s crash that killed 97 people in Karachi.


The move by PIA to ground the pilots comes a day after the country’s aviation minister, Ghulam Sarqar Khan, said 262 out of 860 Pakistani pilots had “fake” licenses. He made the revelation while presenting preliminary findings of a probe to parliament into the May 22 Airbus A320 crash.



Statement of IFALPA and IFATCA

The sole objective of the investigation of an accident or incident shall be the prevention of accidents and incidents. It is not the purpose of this activity to apportion blame or liability.”


There Could Be More To The PIA Pilot Scandal Than Meets The Eye


cAPT nETSKARSimple Flying spoke with Capt. Netskar of IFALPA on the claims made by Pakistani authorities on fraudulent licenses. In his words, Capt. Netskar believes that it is “difficult to be very specific about that number.” This is based on his conversations with the Pakistani arm of the organization.

But, moreover, he stated that the oversight authority is not absolved.

He stressed that, if this is the case, then there is an oversight issue. Moreover, he also believes that there is the potential to fix this issue. He states that there is an option to look into this with external representation, which could shed additional light on the investigation

With some expressing concerns about aviation safety in Pakistan, Capt. Netskar stresses that there are ICAO safety audits that examine the entire state’s safety system. Pakistan is a member state of the ICAO and has to meet certain safety standards.

Pakistan’s national airline moves to assuage concern over pilots’ licences

PCAA pilot license

Pakistan’s national airline has written to foreign missions and global regulatory and safety bodies, assuring them it has grounded all 141 pilots suspected of obtaining licences through unfair means, the carrier’s spokesman said on Saturday.



Pakistan fires 5 officials over pilot licenses scandal

Pakistan’s aviation authorities on Friday fired five officials implicated in a scandal over licenses obtained by pilots who had had others take their exams, the latest in shocking revelations following last month’s Airbus A320 crash in Karachi.

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According to aviation minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the five sacked officials held senior positions at the Civil Aviation Authority. All were identified by name, but Khan did not say what role they had allegedly played in the tainted licenses scandal.






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2 Comments on "The revelations in the aftermath of the PK8303 crash earn a FAILING GRADE for the three International Audits- TIME for CHANGE???"

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  2. The EU which gave PIA a passing grade has changed its position
    European Union bans PIA

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