After being grounded amid questions to their credentials, Vietnam's government cleared nine pilots from Pakistan as having valid licenses.

The verification came a month after the Vietnamese government requested the verification of Pakistani pilots working in the country.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), it has been reported that there are 27 licensed pilots from Pakistan. While 15 had their contracts expired and/or not renewed, 12 were active and working for airlines in the country.

Regarding the remaining three pilots, CAAV head Dinh Viet Thang was quoted in a report from the Vietnam Express stating: "The verification process is ongoing for the remaining three."

The investigation was launched in June after Pakistan's Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar announced a third of Pakistan's licensed pilots had fake credentials.

During his announcement last month, Sarwar reported 262 out of a total of 860 pilots in the country failed to take the exams personally and had paid someone to sit in. Out of the 262 “suspicious cases,” 109 held Commercial Pilot Licenses while another 153 held Air Transport Pilot Licenses.

The controversy surrounding the fake pilots licenses of pilots from Pakistan caused reprocussions for the country's aviation industry along with its pilots abroad. Among the biggest development was a six-month ban on flights by Pakistan International Airways by the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) starting July 1. Countries such as Vietnam requested the Pakistan government for verification of the pilots' qualifications.


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