Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Air India Pilot Who Came to Work Drunk Banned From Flying for 3 Months

A senior Air India pilot, who came to work drunk, has been banned from flying for three months by the country's aviation safety regulator.

The commander-rank pilot was scheduled to operate a Boeing 777 aircraft from Delhi to Hyderabad, said sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), when he failed the preflight alcohol test.

According to the DGCA's rule book on flight crew caught drunk on duty the pilot would not be allowed to operate flights for at least three months. The regulator is also in the process of scanning his records to check any similar offences earlier.

"If the pilot is a repeat offender the licence would be cancelled for three years," said a senior DGCA official, requesting anonymity.

The official added that the pilot might also lose his "check pilot" status.
01/03/16 Soubhik Mitra/Mcclatchy/AviationPros
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