ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday constituted a medical board to examine the medical and psychological condition of 21 PIA pilots and co-pilots, who have been reported as sick, in a bid to ascertain their professional viability.

According to a statement the medical board will also examine that how 21 individuals fell ill at the same time immediately after PALPA announced its “Go Slow” policy, resulting in unforeseen flight delays inflicting losses on the national flag carrier and causing inconvenience to the passengers.

The ‘sick’ pilots have been given three different dates to appear before the Medical Board i.e. the 8th, 12th and 19th of October allowing them to appear in three groups so the flight schedule is not affected.

The pilots who claimed of being sick include Capt. Abdul Matin Bhurgri, Capt. Aurangzeb Hashmat Khan, Capt. Jarrar Zafar, Capt. Syed Ahsan Abbas Zaidi, Capt. Salahuddin Jamal, Capt. Muhammad Aman Durrani, Capt. Khurram Mughal, Capt. Nadeem Mussawar, Omer Rashid, First Officer Usman Hayat Malik, First Officer Irtiza Ali, First Officer Usman Rafique Chatha, First Officer Zaibunnisa, First Officer Kamran Khan, First Officer Asad Ilyas, First Officer Shahryar Ahmed Dogar, First Officer Ali Ahmed Saeed, First Officer Sabir ur Rehman, First Officer Taha Harris Anjum, First Officer Asim Zia and First Officer Zohaib Ahmed Sheikh.