LAHORE - The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has initiated an inquiry against its pilot for allowing Reham Khan, ex-wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, to sit in the cockpit during her journey to Lahore from London.
“According to initial probe, it has been found that Reham visited the cockpit for a few minutes during flight PK-788 London-Lahore on Thursday,” PIA spokesman Danial Gilani told journalists. According to the pilot’s statement to the administration, he had ‘entertained’ the request of Reham to sit in the cockpit.
Gilani also confirmed that Reham had expressed her desire to sit in the cockpit, which the pilot could not turn down. “Although it appears a courtesy on the part of the pilot, the PIA cannot ignore the rules,” Gilani said, adding that under the law, unauthorised persons were not allowed into the cockpit. “The responsibility lies with the pilot not to allow anyone be it a celebrity or anyone else to sit in the cockpit,” he said. “This is against the law and a safety hazard.”
“The PIA management has initiated an inquiry into the matter. It will take appropriate disciplinary action against the pilot in light of the inquiry’s findings,” the spokesman said.