Wednesday, October 26, 2016

AI pilot found tipsy for the second time, grounded for 3 years

New Delhi: An Air India senior pilot failed the alcohol test just before operating a Delhi-UK flight on Tuesday. The same pilot had flunked yet another pre-flight breath analyser (BA) test some years back. AI has grounded him for three years as per rules. Airline sources, however, are surprised as this pilot had reportedly turned a teetotaller after flunking a BA test for the first time about five years ago.
"The pilot... is questioning the test result. He will take whatever legal options are open to him," said a source. To get back to the cockpit, pilots who fail the test for the second time have to undergo training afresh for flying which costs about Rs 30 lakh for narrow body Airbus A-320 pilots and up to Rs 50 lakh for those flying wide bodies like Boeing 777 and 7 87.
26/10/16 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India