Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Air India fires senior pilot who was caught drunk before flight

New Delhi: Arvind Kathpalia, a senior pilot who was recently caught drunk before a flight, was fired from his post of director of operations at Air India. The Ministry of Civil Aviation relieved Kathpalia of all duties just a day after his pilot's licence was suspended by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for three years.

Kathpalia was found too drunk to fly before he was to fly an Air India flight to London. Kathpalia's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was recorded at 0.07 per cent during the mandatory pre-flight breathalyser test.

This was the second instance of Kathpalia violating India's aviation laws on drinking before a flight. In 2017, Kathpalia's license was suspended for three months after he skipped a mandatory pre-flight breathalyser test.

The second offence means that Kathpalia cannot go near a cockpit for the next three years.
13/11/18 India Today

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