KARACHI – A lead PIA pilot reportedly went for a nap during the flight after handing the controls to an under-training pilot, risking the lives of over 305 on board passengers.
According to Samaa News, the PIA authorities were unwilling to take action against the pilot named Amir Akhtar Hashmi but later caved in to “pressure from higher authorities”.
Samaa reported via its sources stated that Hashmi was in charge of the London-bound PK-785 with first officer Ali Hassan Yazdani and another first officer Mohammad Asad Ali, who was under training, was also present in the cockpit.
Hashmi was instructed to train Ali during the flight but he went for a nap after handing the flight controls to Ali.
One of the passengers saw pilot sleeping and raised a hue and cry. The air hostess, listening to the complaints of the passenger, mentioned his complaint in the flight log.
Air hostess Nazneen Haider’s report stated, “Passenger (Seat 1 D) complained that while the captain was sleeping in the business class cabin, I (the passenger) do not feel safe. It had been explained that two other crew members were in the cockpit but he said that he would follow the matter and write down a complaint card as well.”
It was stated that both officers did not report the matter to the PIA management in order to protect Hashmi.
It was stated that this was not the first time that the senior pilot had put the safety of the passengers at stake.
During his tenure as President Pakistan Air Lines Pilots Association (PALPA), he flew long flights without following the health related policies.
PIA pilot sleeps during flight, puts 305 lives at risk