PIA pilot violates safety rules

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Karachi, July 14 (IANS) A senior Pakistan International Airline (PIA) pilot allegedly compromised air safety by not taking the 24-hour mandatory rest before operating a flight.

Sadiq Rehman, a former Pakis­tan Air Lines Pilots Associa­tion (Palpa) Vice President, did not rest in Lahore before operating the transatlantic flight from there on July 4, exposing hundreds of lives to danger, Dawn quoted PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar as saying.

The PIA had scheduled Reh­man to arrive in Lahore on July 2 evening, rest on July 3 and then go ahead (after resting for over 36 hours) to operate the flight to Canada but the pilot did not follow the schedule, the report said on Friday.

Tajwar told Dawn that Rehman arrived in Lahore at 8.45 p.m. on July 3 and operated PK-789 on July 4 at 11.35 a.m. This makes his stay in Lahore for around 15 hours.



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