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Pakistan’s national carrier fired 28 pilots over fake license scandal, the company’s press service noted.

Its remarks came amid the latest developments following a tragic plane crash near Karachi that killed 97 people on board, the Associated Press reported.

An inquiry into the May 22 crash revealed that 260 of 860 pilots in Pakistan had cheated on their pilot exams, but were given licenses by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The government later fired five officials of the regulatory agency. Criminal proceedings against them are also being considered.

The EU's aviation safety agency and the UK subsequently banned Pakistan International Airlines from flying into Europe for at least six months.

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