- Senior pilot decided to take a nap, handed over aircraft to trainee pilot
- Photos of the pilot sleeping like a log circulate on social media
- He has been taken off flying duty and an investigation is underway
His adventure soon made it to social media after photos of the pilot sleeping like a log were circulated by a passenger, who also filed a complaint against him with a senior crew member.
The Dawn quoted unnamed sources as saying that the PIA was initially reluctant to act against Mr Hashmi, former president of the highly influential Pakistan Air Lines Pilots Association (PALPA), "but later caved in to pressure from above".
PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said that Mr Hashmi has been taken off flying duty and investigation is underway.
On April 26, Hashmi was in charge of operating the London-bound flight along with first officer Ali Hassan Yazdani. Another first officer, Mohammad Asad Ali, who was under training, was also in the cockpit, the Dawn said.
Mr Hashmi, an instructor, gets paid over Rs 100,000 every month to train pilots. He was supposed to train Mr Ali during the flight. "However, instead of performing his duty, Mr Hashmi went for a quick lie-down."
(With inputs from IANS)