US bars Pakistani flights after pilot-license scandal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is downgrading Pakistan's aviation safety rating, a move that blocks that country's airlines from operating flights to the U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration didn't give details behind its action, announced Wednesday, but Pakistan has been roiled by a scandal over pilots getting improper licenses. Nearly one-third of Pakistan’s pilots cheated on exams but still received licenses from the country’s civil-aviation authority. The pilot cheating scandal emerged after an investigation into a May crash in Karachi that killed 97 people. The latest move by the FAA gives Pakistan in a so-called category 2 safety rating, which means airlines from Pakistan can’t start flights to the U.S.