Sunday, February 04, 2007

8 pilots grounded for defying norms

New Delhi: Two pilots of Air Sahara were caught inebriated before they were to operate flights out of Delhi on Friday. The airline, however, declined to say which flights the pilots were scheduled to fly.
On New Year's eve, two pilots of a private airliner were caught inebriated in Chennai. They have been suspended for up to six months.
According to rules, the following officials — pilots, commanders, navigators, engineers and cabin crew — are not supposed to have liquor, sedatives, narcotics or stimulants within 12 hours of the flight they are supposed to operate.
The DGCA has also grounded eight pilots of Indian (Airlines). These pilots are alleged to have flown more than the permitted 1,000 hours per year.
The airline is learnt to be scrutinising their records as it feels some pilots may have claimed to be on duty without flying.
04/02/07 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India