The country’s civil aviation regulator has suddenly awakened to the possibility of unqualified pilots taking to the skies and endangering the lives of thousands of passengers who fly every day.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is now sifting through the licences of 3,000-4,000 pilots to see if they’re trained to fly a plane in the first place. This comes after two pilots were found to have submitted forged papers during the process of getting a licence.
It is a bit late for DGCA to check the authenticity of the documents that pilots submitted earlier. The right stage for that is before they’re cleared for flying. The blame for this lies with the ministry of civil aviation that simply did not prepare for the breakneck speed at which the country’s civil aviation sector grew. The result: DGCA stamps OK first and then begins checking the credentials of pilots.