Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Air Deccan's South American pilot grounded for drinking

Air Deccan has suspended the pilot who was caught drunk on Monday morning, its spokesperson told DNA on Tuesday.
A breath-analyser test by the air safety team of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on the wee hours of Monday revealed that Captain N Ronaldo (48), a South American, had consumed alcohol.
Ronaldo was scheduled to fly the DN-641 with 180 passengers to Kolkata on Monday at 5:35am. “This is the first instance that a pilot from our airlines has been found drunk on duty,” said the Air Deccan spokesperson.
“He has been barred from flying till the inquiry into the matter is over,” the spokesperson added. According to air safety norms, pilots and crew members of domestic and international flights cannot consume liquor while on duty.
12/04/06 Bhargavi Kerur/Daily News & Analysis
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