Thursday, September 19, 2019

DGCA has suspended 74 pilots in 8 months, nearly half of them for failing alcohol test

New Delhi: Over the last eight months, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded 74 pilots, of whom 41, or 55 per cent, were suspended for their alleged involvement in aviation-related accidents endangering the safety of the aircraft and passengers on board.
The remaining 33 were grounded for failing the breathalyser test, which determines if pilots are under the influence of alcohol while on duty.
The DGCA shared these figures, for between January and August 2019, in response to an RTI query seeking year-wise details of pilots suspended in the last two years. The aviation regulator, however, refused to disclose the details of pilots and airlines involved in the incidents.
The RTI reply also showed that 262 pilots were suspended between 2017 and August 2019 for various reasons. Of these, 98 pilots were suspended in 2017 while 90 pilots were grounded in 2018.
A senior DGCA official, however, told ThePrint that the number of pilots suspended for their involvement in accidents, some of them serious, has risen sharply this year.
19/09/19 Ifrah Mufti/Print

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