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Degrees of 16 pilots, 65 crew members found fake, SC told

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan was informed on Wednesday that the academic degrees of 16 pilots and 65 cabin crew members were found fake during scrutiny, ARY News reported. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) furnished this statement before the top court after it was ordered to hold inquiry into degrees of staffers of different airlines. The hearing of the case was conducted by three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. The CAA further informed the court that licenses of all fake degree…

Air China incident linked to co-pilot smoking e-cigarette

SHANGHAI: An emergency descent by an Air China aircraft after oxygen levels dropped in the cabin has been linked to a co-pilot who was smoking an e-cigarette during the flight, state media said on Friday, citing China’s aviation regulator. “In the preliminary investigation, the co-pilot was found to be smoking an e-cigarette,” state-owned China News said in a report, citing a news conference by the Civil Aviation Administration of China investigating Tuesday’s incident. “Smoke diffused into the passenger cabin and…

Pilot found alive 30 years after shot down in Afghanistan

MOSCOW: A Russian pilot who was missing presumed dead after his plane was shot down three decades ago during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has been found alive and wants to come home, Russian military veterans said Friday. "He is still alive. It's very astonishing. Now he needs help," the head of the paratroopers' union Valery Vostrotin told RIA Novosti state news agency. Vostrotin, who heads the Russian side of a Russian-US joint commission on prisoners-of-war and soldiers missing in action, declined to name the…

Russian pilot who luckily escaped plane crash killed by Syrian rebels

AMMAN/MOSCOW: Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane on Saturday and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected from the plane, Russia’s defense ministry and Syrian rebels said. The SU-25 came down in an area of northern Idlib province that has seen heavy air strikes and fighting on the ground between Syria’s government forces backed by Russia and Iran, and rebel groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrians opposed to Assad see Russia as an invading force they blame for the deaths of thousands of…

Cockpit video shows what pilots really see when they’re landing a plane in clouds

IF you’re scared of flying, or perhaps get a little nervous during turbulence — this view from a pilot’s seat might make you feel a little uneasy. A Qatar Airways pilot has posted a stunning point-of-view clip from the cockpit, showing the incredible sight — or lack thereof — when landing a plane on a runway. Captain Sandeep Varma posted the stunning two-minute clip to Twitter, after landing safely at Queenstown Airport on the South Island of New Zealand. The video shows a clear run through the snow capped…

Chopper pilot finds two Pacific castaway boats

MAJURO, Marshall Islands: A helicopter pilot scanning remote northern Pacific waters for tuna was stunned to find not one but two boats carrying castaways who had been adrift for weeks, it was reported Thursday. The pilot, operating the chopper from a trawler off the Marshall Islands, came across the boats by chance last week, leading to the rescue of three fishermen and a teenage boy, the Marshall Islands Journal reported. It said both boats had set off from Kiribati, about 650 kilometres (400 miles) away. The one…

Snaps of PIA female pilot go viral on social media

KARACHI: Pictures of a female Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot making waves on social media. Huma Liaquat has been first officer in the national airliner. Huma, mostly being appreciated by the users of social media websites due to her personality and charm, also being criticized by some due to the fact that the images were taken inside an aircraft. Huma Liaquat -- flies an Airbus A-320 aircraft and lives in Karachi. The pilot's colleagues while admiring her state that apart of being a beautiful…