pilot sent as Lankan
By Marisa de Silva
SriLankan Airlines sent a Pakistani pilot to Singapore, allegedly
posing off as a Sri Lankan to avoid visa formalities, alleged airline
sources. The pilot, S. Kazi, had been provided with a SriLankan
Airlines pilot’s uniform and a Crew Certificate which enabled
him to pass through immigration authorities in Sri Lanka and proceed
to Singapore unquestioned, airline sources claimed.
Crew Certificate enables the holder to enter any country without
having to get their passports endorsed. Pakistani nationals are
not granted visas on arrival following the 9/11 attacks in the US.
alleged that the act had the approval of the Senior Flight Operations
Manager as only he had the authority to issue Crew Member Certificates
to technical crew who were security cleared prior to being employed.
Kazi left Katunayake via flight UL 312 code share EK6174 on July
24, this year. Having completed the aptitude test at the Singapore
Airlines Simulator Centre, he was allegedly smuggled out again on
UL 312 code share EK6174, the very next day (July 25).
Aviation Authority Director General (CAASL) H.M.C. Nimalsiri, said
he had asked SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer Peter Hill
to submit an official explanation within the week.
on the Airline’s explanation, we will take necessary action”
and added that no such Pakistani pilot had been employed or approved
by the CAASL.
pilot was given a ‘Letter of Intent’, which means that
the Airline intended to recruit him, and sent him on a General Declaration
(which enables Airline employees entry and exit to other countries
without a visa) for a Simulator Test and return the same evening,”
a SriLankan Airlines spokesman said.